Energising breath techniques

The way you breathe could hold the key to better health, concentration, mood control and more.

By being conscious of the way you breathe, you can improve your health and wellbeing. Here are some tips to start your day with better breathing techniques.

  1. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing): Using your thumb cover your right nostril breathing in deeply through your left, before switching and exhaling through your right. Continue this for a minimum of three minutes to release fatigue and tension. This is a great technique to slow a racing mind before bed.
  2. One minute breath: Inhale for 20 seconds, hold your breath for 20 seconds and then exhale for 20 seconds. This exercise will soothe fear and help cognition. However, you may need to work your way up to the 20-20-20 combo, starting with five to ten second intervals instead. Continue this exercise for a minimum of three minutes.
  3. Breath of fire: Start in a comfortable position sitting up straight. Relax your stomach muscles and breath in deeply through your nose only, then exhale keeping your mouth closed. Now breathe rapidly — still just through your nose — pumping the navel point (solar plexus) in an out with each breath. Ensure you maintain equal emphasis as you inhale and exhale. This exercise improves the strength of the lungs, promotes quick energy and heats the body.
  4. Bumblebee breath: Close your eyes and lightly cover them with your fingers, plugging your ears simultaneously with your thumbs. Inhale deeply through your nose and as you exhale let out a long low humming sound. Repeat three or four times. This technique will calm your mind and inspire new creative ideas.