Tip of the Week

Going Back to the Breath

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Take the 21-day breath challenge and see what happens!

Sit comfortably in an upright position – both feet flat on the floor.  Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on your abdomen should rise higher than the one on your chest.  This ensures the diaphragm is pulling air into the lung base.

After exhaling through the mouth, take a slow, deep breath in through the nose and hold for a count of five seconds. Slowly exhale through your mouth for another count of five.

As all the air is released with relaxation, gently contract your abdominal muscles to completely evacuate the air from your lungs.

Repeat this exercise 5-10 times in a slow and steady rhythm.  After more practice, try to increase the repetitions.  Pay close attention to the sensation of your breathing as you inhale and exhale.  Allow yourself to relax deeper with each breath while you focus on the physical sensation of where you notice your breath the most within your body.

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