My favourite breathing exercise to reduce stress 🤍
Practicing deep breathing can be very beneficial to the mind and body. A staple in relaxation techniques and meditation, it also affects the body in many ways.
Setting aside a few minutes a day to practice may help to:
- lower your heart rate
- lower your blood pressure
- strengthen the diaphragm
- promote relaxation, and in turn lower the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ in the body
In Ayurveda, Pranayama is the ancient practice of controlling the breath. My favourite breathing exercise is known as “Nadi Shodhana” which translates to “Flow Purification” – a form of Ayurvedic Pranayama.
This particular exercise is known for balancing the hormones, clearing and releasing toxins, promoting restful sleep, and reducing stress. ✨
Follow the steps below:
• Sit in a comfortable position and place your left hand on your left knee.
• Lift your right hand up toward your nose, exhale completely and then use your right thumb to close your right nostril.
• Inhale through the left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fourth (ring) finger.
• Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.
• Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.
• Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.
• This is one cycle – you can continue for up to 5 minutes.
• Complete the practice by finishing with an exhale on the left side.