Have you ever tried breathing exercises? Many people sometimes do them when they want to relax, when they want to sleep better or to reduce tension. There are therefore dozens of different techniques for better breathing that you can try. After all, something different works for everyone.
In this article we look at different breathing exercises and when you can best perform these exercises.
Different breathing exercises and techniques
1. Breathe through your lips
In this stress breathing exercise, you put effort into exhaling, which causes your attention to focus on breathing instead of the stress. You start by relaxing your shoulders and neck and taking a deep breath through your nose. Then, when it’s time to exhale, press your lips together as if you’re going to whistle/lift something heavy, and slowly squeeze the air out. This takes about four seconds.
2. Breathe through your belly
This breathing exercise abdominal breathing can be a bit tricky at first but is very effective for relaxing. You start by lying on your back with your head on a pillow and your knees slightly bent. Place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. Breathe in through your nose and feel your belly pressing against your hand. Blow out the air through your mouth/lips and tighten your abs and feel the air go out again.
3. Equal Breathing
This breathing exercise is designed to bring balance to your body by allowing you to exhale and inhale for the same amount of time. You start by assuming a comfortable position, preferably sitting. Then you breathe in and out through your nose. Choose several beats at a time, such as 3 beats in and 3 beats out. Focus on this number as you breathe. When you are ready, you can also take a short pause between the inhalation and exhalation of 1 or 2 seconds.
4. Breathe for 5 seconds
This is also known as “Resonant Breathing”. In this exercise, you make sure that you take exactly five breaths per minute. From research has shown that this way of breathing can reduce symptoms of depression when it combines exercises with yoga.
You start in a comfortable position and inhale for 5 seconds. Then exhale for 5 seconds again.
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