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How to use Breathwork to reduce Stress

Have you ever noticed how breathing deeply helps you to calm your nerves? Or have you caught yourself sighing at the end of a stressful day?

Your body knows naturally how to relieve stress. However, in today's busy world, we often forget to stay in touch with our physical and mental health, living in survival mode.

Breathwork today is more than just one way of breathing or a single form of exercise.

Pranayama, for example, is an ancient yogic way of using breath in a mindful way to heal and channel your energy.

There are many interpretations of pranayama, and the most common one is "expanding the life force using your breath". Knowing how and when to use your breath is very powerful.

There are various breathwork techniques and today, we will introduce you to one of them. The 4-7-8 breathing technique is based on pranayama breathing exercises.

  1. Get comfortable. You can lie on your back or sit down in a chair with your back rested.

  2. Place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest.

  3. Exhale completely through your mouth around your tongue, making a whoosh sound. Purse your lips if it helps.

  4. Close your lips and inhale through your nose for a count of four.

  5. Hold your breath for a count of seven.

  6. Exhale completely through your mouth making a whoosh sound for a count of eight.

Repeat this exercise at least 3 times.

Once finished, close your eyes and feel into your body. How do you feel now? Are you more relaxed, calm, and mindful?

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