Breathing is simple, right? In, out, it is not rocket science.
That is true, but different kinds of breath will do different things for your body. In fact, the Three Part Breath (Deergha Swasam) can help you focus your mind and lift your spirits. Here are some breathing practice tips to help you use this deep, healthy breathing technique.
- Get Comfortable: Sit comfortably and relax your body. Grow taller through your spine, keeping your chin parallel to the floor so you have length in the back of your neck.
- Belly Breathe: Put your palms on your stomach with your fingertips pointing in. Breathe in and out 5 times, taking deep breaths and feeling your belly inflate and deflate.
- Ribcage Breathe: Wrap your hands around your ribcage, thumbs pointing back and fingers pointing forward. Bring in and out 5 times, taking deep breaths and feeling your ribcage widen and shrink.
- Chest Breathe: Place a palm on your chest and breathe in and out 5 times, trying to create space between your palm and upper back.
To combine these tips for the Three Part Breath, place one palm on your stomach and one on your chest. Breathe deeply, filling your chest, belly, and ribcage expand and deflate. As you breathe, you will feel your body and mind release stress!
If you want to learn how to work mindful breathing into your workouts to further improve your mood, contact One Body Studios in La Habra, California. We can help you breathe through our yoga, Pilates, or dance classes so you leave uplifted!