So breathing is kind of a big deal. It’s also something we tend to take for granted. I don’t know about you, but when I go to Yoga and the instructor talks about breathing, I never really know how to do it or what they mean. I finally figured it out, but it took me actually sitting down with my friend Yanet, talking about breathe and practicing breathing. Sounds weird right? How do you practice breathing?
The whole reason this topic came up for me is because I asked Yanet (professional “Yogi”) to suggest a Yoga pose I could do during the day to relieve stress. She said “I have something better than a pose, and you can do it at your desk. Just breathe.” At first I thought she was a little nuts, but after sitting down with her I am a breathing believer.
Some of the benefits to working on your breathing is that we become more focused, less reactive (that’s a good one for me), less anxious, and less tired (helps to have more restful sleep). Proper breathing helps engage the brain and provide more peace and lightness overall. I am game for all of those things, so here we go.
How do we breathe? Yanet calls it the “4/7/8” exercise and she often uses it in her Yoga classes:
- Breathe in through your nose while counting to 4 in your head;
- Hold your breathe and count to 7 in your head;
- Exhale through your mouth for 8 counts;
- Repeat for several minutes until there is a calm buzz within your body.
You literally don’t need anything but a tall posture and 3 to 4 minutes to breathe. Try it!