Get back in the groove by avoiding unnecessary stress by creating a regular morning routine that is proven to start your day off on the right foot. A worldwide pandemic is more than enough to induce stress. As many people have had to deal with a changing work life, family life, and social life, leads to uncertainty that many struggle with. Having a moment of mindfulness with breathwork at the beginning of the day can help add consistency and structure to your routine.
- Basic deep breathing
You have probably practiced this type of breathing if you have taken yoga classes, but I often find that many are unsure how to begin. Find somewhere comfortable and quiet to sit where you won’t be distracted.
Breathe deeply through your nose for five seconds, counting in your head. Then, slowly breathe out through your nose for five seconds. Focus only on the movement of your breath. As you breathe in, the diaphragm will contract, drawing air into your lungs. The diaphragm moves down as it tightens, pushing the abdominal contents downward and expanding the abdominal wall outward.
2. Alternate nostril breathing
Alternate nostril breathing is another type of breathing you may have heard of in yoga classes. This type of breathing can be done during mediation or simply to relax. Sitting comfortably, put your left hand on your left knee and your right hand towards your nose. After exhaling, use your right thumb to cover your right nostril. Inhale through your left nostril.
Then use your pointer finger to close the left nostril and release your thumb on your right nostril. Exhale through your right nostril. Once you have fully exhaled, inhale through the right nostril while keeping your left nostril covered. Then, close your right nostril with your right thumb, release the left nostril and breathe out through your left nostril.
3. Invigorating fist pump breath
THis breath pattern focuses on inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Breathing in through the nose helps your body filter out dust or allergens and increase your lungs’ oxygen levels. Exhaling through the mouth allows more air to escape your body and relaxes your jaw and body.
Sit comfortably with your legs crossed. With your hands in fists, held up near your chest, pump your arms in the air as you exhale. Then, bring the arms down level with your chest as you inhale through the nose.
4. Skull shining breathing
This type of breathing is specifically meant for energizing and balancing the mind and body. Because this type of breathing is not the most natural, it also helps with mindfulness.
Breathe in deeply through your nose. At the top of your exhale, begin breathing out sharply through the mouth with forceful blows. Each exhale should be quick, releasing small bits of air from your lungs until there is no more. Blow out about 10 times per exhale, as if you are blowing out 10 tiny candles. Inhale again naturally, and repeat the process of short, sharp exhaling.
5. Breath meditation
This may seem the simplest, but I often find myself struggling with this the most. Focusing on only your breath is extremely difficult when there are so many thoughts in our heads. This exercise requires a quiet space without distractions.
Sit in a comfortable position and allow yourself to breathe in and out as naturally as possible through your nose. Focus on the air moving in and out of your lungs. As you breathe in, feel and think about the air moving into your body. As you breathe out, think about releasing stagnant air and energy.
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