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Discovering inner peace: breathing exercises

Updated: Sep 21

Greetings, everyone! today I want to share something that has been a true revolution in my life: breathing exercises. In a world filled with noise and stress, finding inner peace may seem like an impossible challenge, but I assure you that these exercises can make a significant difference. So, please take a seat, take a deep breath, and let's explore together how to attain inner peace.

1. Abdominal Breathing for Balance

Abdominal breathing is like the foundation of a house: it's essential. Here's how to do it:

  • Sit in a chair or on the floor with your back straight.

  • Place one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest.

  • Inhale deeply through your nose, feeling your abdomen expand under your hand.

  • Exhale slowly through your mouth, allowing the air to leave your abdomen.

This exercise calms the nervous system, reduces stress, and connects you with your body. Practice it regularly!

2. Pranayama: Mindful Breathing

Pranayama is an ancient yoga practice that has greatly helped me. Let me introduce you to the Ujjayi breathing technique:

  • Slit or lie down in a comfortable position.

  • Cose your eyes and relax your facial muscles.

  • Inhale and exhale through your nose, but try to do it in a controlled and deep manner.

  • Slightly contract your throat while exhaling to produce a gentle, soft sound similar to a cat's purring.

Ujjayi calms the mind, improves concentration, and clears away any tension. I practice it before meditating, and it's like opening a path to tranquility!

3. 4-7-8 Breathing for Better Sleep

Stress and insomnia often go hand in hand. Here's an exercise that will help you fall asleep:

  • Sit on the bed with your back straight.

  • Close your eyes and place one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest.

  • Inhale deeply through your nose, counting to four.

  • Hold your breath for seven seconds.

  • Exhale slowly through your mouth, counting to eight.

This exercise relaxes your body and mind, preparing you for restorative sleep.

Mindful breathing has changed my life in many ways, and I'm confident it can do the same for you. So why not take a moment right now to practice one of these exercises? Your inner peace will thank you.

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