Today people are moving at such a fast pace that knowingly, or unknowingly, the quality of life is being compromised. We welcome stress and tension in the race of achieving more and more. There is a mad rush going on among people, in which everyone is participating and which is undoubtedly happening at the cost of something that is precious, our physical and mental fitness. Therefore, it becomes of prime importance, to look out for ways to minimize worries and relieve stress.
Deep breathing exercises play a major role in minimizing your tensions,
and thus enabling you to get peace of mind. Deep breathing is important
for both health and spiritual development. Deep breathing gives us
strength and promotes relaxation. The process requires a proper
technique; otherwise, it will not be effective enough. Deep breathing
allows the body to relax and gets everything into synchrony. It is one
of the best ways to lower stress in the body. When you breathe deeply,
it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then
sends this message to your body. Things that happen during stress, such
as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure; all
decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.
Breathing exercises are easy to learn and do not need any special tools
or equipment to do them. Some breathing exercises for relaxation are
Morning Breathing: This exercise is done standing and helps in
relieving muscle stiffness. It also clears clogged breathing passages.
Bend forward from the waist and bend your knees slightly. Let your arms
hang on the side. Then while inhaling roll-up your body slowly, bring
your head up the last. Hold your breath for sometime. Come back to the
original position slowly, exhaling on your way down.
Rhythmic Breathing: It can refresh the most exhausted body and
can calm the most frayed nerves. It can be performed by sitting
cross-legged on the ground. Hold your chest, neck and head straight and
take a deep breath like in complete breathing while counting to six,
hold the breath and count till three; & then exhale counting to 6.
Alternate Breathing: It helps in stabilizing the mind and also
cures headaches. Sit cross-legged to perform this exercise and place
your right thumb on your right nostril. Inhale from the left nostril and
count to four, close the nostril with your middle finger and hold breath
to count of eight. Exhale through the right nostril to a count of eight.
Keep the fingers in the same position, inhale from right nostril
counting to four, hold the breath to a count of 8 and exhale from left
nostril to a count of 8.
Breathing exercises are wonderful tool for relaxation. Take out just 15
minutes from your daily schedule to practice these exercises and
experience the change.