Breathing exercises

By June 24, 2015SPA

We all know the expression ‘as natural as breathing’. And sure, we tend to inhale and exhale without much – if any – thought. But in reality most of us don’t breathe ‘naturally’ at all. Most of us have adopted some pretty bad breathing habits as we’ve grown up, including poor posture, shallow breathing and over-tensed muscles.

So, try this simple exercise and see for yourself how quickly good breathing can have you feeling calmer and more physically energized and mentally alert.

Cleansing Breath (Nadi Shodhana)

This exercise can help ward off insomnia, so it’s a good one to do for a few minutes before bed. Sit cross-legged and relaxed with your back straight and tall.

  1. Press your right thumb against your right nostril, then inhale deeply through your left nostril for three counts.
  2. Keeping your thumb firmly in place, press your right ring finger against your left nostril and hold the breath inside you for three counts.
  3. Release your thumb and exhale through the right nostril for three counts.
  4. Return your thumb to your right nostril and squeeze your thumb and ring finger together while you hold your breath outside your body for three counts.

Do three rounds of this.

  1. Then, press your left thumb against your left nostril, then inhale deeply through your right nostril for three counts.
  2. Keeping your thumb firmly in place, press your left ring finger against your right nostril and hold the breath inside your for three counts.
  3. Release your thumb and exhale through the left nostril for three counts.
  4. Return your thumb to your left nostril and squeeze your thumb and ring finger together while you hold your breath outside your body for three counts.

Do three rounds of this.