I love the idea of a 21-day relaxation challenge. And while breathing is automatic if we think about it and treasure it more, it will transform us. Namaste.
As part of my February challenge to relax every day for 21 days I’ll be doing a lot of breathwork.
In my experience, breathwork:
- reduces my anxiety, like before a big presentation or on a crowded train
- brings me to the present moment
- helps me fall asleep
- helps release muscle tension, particularly while in a challenging yoga pose
We use breathwork a lot in yoga by using specific pranayama techniques. But you don’t have to be doing yoga to practice breathwork.
Four Basic Breathing Techniques
There are often times when we can’t control what’s going on around us. But what we can control is how we react to stressful situations. One very powerful way to control our reactions is to take a moment to check in with our breath. It’s an easy habit to cultivate and one that can really help to balance your nervous system and chill you out.
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