Three Part Breath for Stress Relief

Breathing exercises are an easy and effective way to tap into the stress reducing benefits of the Autonomic Nervous System.  The key to maximizing the potential benefits is to first learn how to breathe deeply through all lobes of the lungs.   By simply breathing deeply, one can experience deep relaxation, decreased blood pressure and decreased pain.  Three part breath, described below, is a great way to learn deep breathing.   If you have difficulty expanding any of the areas, place your hands there to increase your awareness of expansion.  Otherwise, rest your arms on your legs.

Three part breath instructions

—  Sit tall with your body relaxed, either on the edge of  a chair or in a comfortable cross-legged position on the floor.

—  Slowly inhale, bringing your breath deep into first into your abdomen.

—  Next, allow the ribs to expand as you fill up the middle of your lungs.

—  Finally, allow the air to expand into your chest and throat.  Be sure to fully inflate one area prior to moving the breath to the next area.

—  Exhale completely, letting everything go slowly.

—  Start performing for 3-5 minutes, eventually increasing to 10-15 minutes.  Note: the longer you practice the breathing exercise, the more relaxation you will experience.

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  1. pozycjonowanie
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:03:31

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