3 EASY BREATHING TECHNIQUES YOU CAN DO ANYWHERE

Breathwork is the term used to incorporate any conscious breathing technique used to take us out of “fight or flight” mode and switch us to the “rest and digest” response. It is one of the quickest and easiest (and free!) ways to feel more calm and grounded.

Breathwork is beneficial for mental health (feeling more grounded) but also so important for so many body functions such as:

  • Promoting better lymphatic system function to remove toxins
  • Help with deep tissue repair and post sporting recover
  • Promote digestion, metabolism, hormone balance and immunity
  • Improving your sleep
  • Shifting suppressed emotions
  • Helping to reduce stress and anxiety
  • Feeling more alive - present and connected

Kinesiologist and neuro-trainer, Rachelle Trayer, takes us through 3 easy breathing techniques that you can use anywhere - and perfect for when you're in tiny cabin nestled in nature.

1. Left Nostril Breathing: To feel more relaxed (reduce anxiety)

Left nostril breathing activates the Ida Nerve Ending in the left nostril which relates to calmness and relaxation.

Technique:

  • Close your right nostril with your right thumb, point your other fingers straight up
  • Place your left hand is on your left knee
  • Close your eyes
  • Begin to breathe long and deep only through your left nostril
  • Continue for three minutes

2. Right Nostril Breathing: To feel more awake and alert

Right nostril breathing activates the Pingala Nerve Ending in the right nostril, which relates to alertness and activity

Technique:

  • Close the left nostril with the left thumb, point your other fingers straight up
  • Place your right hand is on your right knee
  • Close your eyes
  • Begin to breathe long and deep only through your right nostril only
  • Continue for three minutes

3. Daily breathing technique for long term nervous system balance

Technique:

  • Place one hand on the front of you head (forehead) and one on the back of your head.
  • Inhale through your nose (deep into your belly) for a count of 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and exhale through your mouth for a count of 4 seconds
  • Repeat this 9 times (count on your fingers)
  • It is best to do this daily, and 3 times a day if possible - this promotes long term nervous system balance
  • Do this morning , middle of day (you can go to bathroom cubicle at work for privacy) and night before bed. TIP: this works incredibly well before an important meeting or presentation.

Rachelle Trayer - Kinesiologist, Neuro-Trainer and Breathwork Coach - connect with Rachelle here.

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