Life can easily overwhelm you. New responsibilities at work or at home compete for your attention. Even habitual responsibilities, like planning a birthday party, can become stressful when you feel overwhelmed.
If you feel like there are several things each day pulling you in various directions, there is one thing you can do.
This one simple — yet highly effective — exercise is something you are actually doing right now.
It’s a core function of life, yet you can harness this action, and use it to your advantage.
Yuo can create a long-term relaxed state of mind and body, no matter where you are located or how much stress you feel.
Breathing is essential to living. By improving your breath, you improve your life. Breathing relaxes you — no matter how much time you have. You don’t need to be in a special place to use the breathing exercises on this page. And you certainly don’t need hours of time, because you can complete every one of these exercises in less than five minutes.
You will also discover that this exercise will bring you many more benefits that include:
- Releasing stress, and reconnecting you to your intuition.
- Improving clarity in your mind, and ridding unproductive thoughts fogging your focus.
- Letting go of anger, and the release of bottled up anger that will release in possibly hurtful ways if you do not let it go.
- Clearing negative energy, and eliminating unwanted pressure, tugging at your being.
- Releasing toxins from your system, and flushing out unwanted elements that will remain dormant in your body if you don’t detox.
- Relieving pain and getting through it, instead of avoiding it.
- Strengthening your inner organs, and massaging them so you can have improved circulation.
- Improving digestion, and having fewer cramps, bloating, and other uneasy feelings in your stomach.
- Strengthening your lungs, and having more stamina and confidence when engaging in physical activities.
Interrupt Overthinking with Cord Cutting — a Breathing Exercise That Packs a “Punch”
Do you feel completely overwhelmed and wish to create a “shocking” — yet much needed — effect throughout your entire body?
If so, you will love this breathing exercise from Tibetan culture.
It always works.
The Cord Cutting breathing exercise it essentially is just one-step:
- Pit the heart by pounding your fist on your chest as you let out a loud, “HA!”
The “HA” sound is universal throughout every religion and culture. No matter who you are, where you are from, or what your age is, you can use the “HA” sound to connect with every living person in existence.
Generate Energy and Warmth Out of “Nowhere” With the Breath of Fire
Are you having trouble bringing yourself to having a relaxed connection with your intuition? The breath of fire breathing exercise will help. This increased heart rate inducing energy wakes you up, all while quieting the mind.
To quiet your overactive mind, and pull your energy from within, repeat the following steps:
Place one hand on your chest, flat, and slightly below your collarbone (see video below for exact location).
Place your other hand on your belly.
Rapidly breathe in and out of your nose, paying attention to the movements in your belly and chest.
When you are finished, end with an, “Ahh…” as you close your eyes.
Create Long-term Relaxing and Soothing Personal Experience with The Sign
Have you been experiencing irregular amounts of stress lately? Perhaps you are having trouble sleeping. The following exercise is wonderful for reducing anxiety and tension.
To begin, open your jaw, and inhale through your mouth until you hear a click in your ears.
As you do this, you will notice how your heart and throat expand as well.
Lastly, let out the air while making the sound, “Ahhhhhhhh…”
Repeat these three simple steps until you feel relaxed. The more you do this, the more you will train yourself out of your left-brain — flight, fight, freeze, and figure out state of mind.
See Sonia explain The Sign breathing exercise as well as an alternative method that uses your tongue.
Break Bad Habits with the 4-6-4 Breathing Exercise
Do you find yourself living in the same patterns each day?
Is there something you wish you could change, but just don’t know how?
With the 4-6-4 breathing exercise, you change your breathing to a pattern unfamiliar to you.
By doing so, you gain new insight and place yourself in a better position to break bad habits.
- Breathe in for four seconds.
- Hold for six seconds.
- Breathe out for four seconds.
- Hold for six seconds.
By the end of the first circle, you will feel different. This is a good thing. It means you’re creating new breathing patterns that allow you to have new ideas.
Throughout this exercise, bring your attention to your forehead.
“The relaxation response is controlled by another set of nerves — the main nerve being the Vagus nerve. Think of a car throttling down the highway at 120 miles an hour. That’s the stress response, and the Vagus nerve is the brake. When you are stressed, you have your foot on the gas, pedal to the floor. When you take slow, deep breaths, that is what is engaging the brake.” (Esther Sternberg, Physician and researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health)
* Taken from Positive Intuition, Sonia Choquette