Your breath is a primary expression of your personal energy. Therefore, your breath is one of the primary ways you can give your gift to the world –David Deida.
Correct breathing is essential for optimum health and well-being. Many of us are so busy these days we neglect or over-look the importance of correct breathing.
For the past three months I have made breathing correctly a habit. I put aside 5 to 10 minutes in the morning, afternoon and before bed for correct breathing exercises. I have noticed many benefits already including:
- Deeper, more restful sleep
- Increased energy and vitality
- Reduced stress, anger and anxiety
- Better decision making under pressure
- Improved circulation
- Improved clarity
- Stronger immune system
Since I’ve combined this with a mostly 80/20 alkaline diet, cold showers, regular physical exercise, yoga and mediation I have become what you would call the perfect specimen.
Seriously, though, I am in the best shape of my life, both physically and mentally.
I feel like a teenager again and I’ve never been happier or more content.
My morning breathing exercises are:
- Reduced volume breathing;
- Alternate nostril breathing;
In the afternoon I do basic yoga breathing (abdominal, chest, shoulders).
And before bed I practice the 4-7-8 routine.
There are many correct breathing exercises and techniques. In my experience it’s a pain in the rear end searching and researching which ones suit you and which ones work best for stress, anxiety, mental clarity, etc.
As I’m a considerate and thoughtful individual I thought I would compile this video list for you so you don’t have to spend hours hunting down the different types of correct breathing exercises and when best to use them.
Correct Breathing Exercises To Start The Day
I use the following in my morning routine because I find these work well for increased energy and vitality, mental clarity, focus and calmness – a great way to start the day.
How To Kill “3 O’Clock Itis” Dead
My afternoon correct breathing exercise sorts out any anxiety, stress, panic or frustration I might be experiencing. As an added bonus it kills 3 o’clock itis dead!
Sleep Like A Baby
I’ve found 4-7-8 breathing best for deep, restful sleep.
Note: If for some reason I am unable to do this type of breathing I simply count my breaths – 1 inhale, 2 exhale, 3 inhale, 4 exhale and so on. I stop counting at 10 and begin at 1 again.
All of the correct breathing exercises mentioned here-within benefit the immune system and circulation.
Like anything, experiment with what works best for you and when. For example, you may find the 4-7-8 correct breathing exercise serves you better in the morning.
As always, thanks for reading.