Relaxation Breathing Techniques De-Stress and Meditate
Relaxation breathing is effective and powerful. Use it anytime and anyplace. It relieves stress on the spot by reducing overall body tension. As you reduce the tension you carry in your body, your whole being will feel less stress.
Dr Andrew Weil says that breathing unlocks the key to self-healing. Learn how to breathe and begin here with a simple, relaxing breathing practice.
Once learned, you can use this for a lifetime of health and happiness.
With less stress you will enjoy increased physical and emotional health.
This same relaxation breathing technique is also used to begin your meditation practice. So practice this until it is easy to do and then use it anytime you think of it throughout the day. It will become a new way of breathing for you that you will want to use all the time.
We want to eliminate chronic shallow breathing, which is how we tend to breathe in the modern world. Normal breathing tends to be from the chest, shallow, rapid and uneven.
The breathing to strive for as your regular breath is this:
Breathe more quietly
Breathe with your Stomach
Learning how to breathe with your stomach is very important. It's called stomach breathing. Or it's called relaxation breathing or life breathing for it is the way to breathe correctly.
The idea is that if you want to live a full life you need a full breath. We use this same type of relaxation breathing in our meditation practices here on this site.
Inhale slowly into the lower lungs. Expand the sides, back, and front of the lower ribs.
Once lower lungs are filled, inhale more air into the upper chest. Pause briefly and hold the breath for a moment. Feel it expanding you and warming you.
Exhale air from upper chest very slowly. Keep the lower lungs full.
Contract abdominal muscles to push all air out. Feel your stomach caving in at the end of the exhale.
Exhale remaining air.
Relax! At the end of your exhale relax your belly completely and let the inhale rush in! You will experience a rush of air and breath and energy into the belly.
Now let your belly expand as you receive this new inhale. Continue letting the inhale happen without forcing it and after your stomach is full of air your chest will expand as you near the maximum inhale. Try to extend the inhale further than you normally would.
Repeat this type of breathing as long as you can and enjoy! You will feel more energized and relaxed and be thinking much more clearly. You might feel some good intuition or creativity come after breathing like this for a while. Peace.
3 Minute Meditation
Here is a simple relaxation breathing meditation to energize your heart.
If you'd like to go further with relaxation breathing, you can study heart rhythm meditation at home with our signature e-Course. The course will take your breathing to a whole new level and lead you to the path of the heart.
Learn how your breath rhythms affect your heart rhythms and your emotional state. Discover the emWave2 from HeartMath. This is biofeedback for home use based upon the science of heart rate variability.
Heart-focused Breathing adds your heart into your breathing practice. You will connect your heart and mind by imagining your breath is flowing into and out of your heart in a rhythmic manner. There's an audio practice on this page you can do.