Have you been feeling anxious or stressed lately? Or have you been breathless despite taking multiple breaths? Learning a couple of deep breathing techniques with us might just be what you need to feel better. Here’s what you should know about the different types of deep breathing techniques.
Deep breathing therapy is a highly relaxing technique that involves the voluntary control of your breath in and out of the nostrils. Also known as pranayama, deep breathing exercises are all forms of yogic breathing that help improve your mind-body connection by bringing awareness to the normally unconscious act of breathing.
Deep breathing consciously activates the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavity, resulting in a slower and more efficient way of breathing. There are many different types of deep breathing exercises:
Recent studies indicate that deep breathing therapy can not only reduce the effects of stress, but:
A single deep breathing session can improve your overall emotional wellbeing, while a ten-minute practice can result in a decrease in anxiety and fatigue in patients with cancer.
Regular practice of deep breathing techniques can make all the difference in your daily life. A certified yoga teacher will have experience teaching the different deep breathing techniques and will best know your capabilities and limits. If it’s your first time trying out a deep breathing exercise, here’s what to keep in mind:
For more information about deep breathing therapy, contact Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine at (434) 978-4888.
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