One of the best ways to cope with change is to center yourself and find balance through it all. My favorite way to do this is to focus more on breath work, specifically through a practice called Pranayama. Pranayama is an exercise that allows you to regulate your breath through certain techniques and exercises.
What makes pranayama such an important exercise to incorporate into your life is that it promotes a free flow of vital energy. No matter what in your life is blocking you, whether that be daily stressors, negative emotions or thoughts, trauma, etc., pranayama kicks all of those obstacles down by allowing you to center your mind and thoughts into a place of light and good energy.
Here’s an exercise that I’d like you to try. This pranayama technique is referred to as ocean breath (Ujjayi Pranayama,) one of my favorite exercises to go to when I’m in need of energy and relaxation.
-Sit in a comfortable position, relax your shoulders, rest your hands on your knees and gently close your eyes.
-Start off by inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth slowly for a few breaths.
-Next, as you exhale, open your mouth and contract your throat to make a hhhaaa sound, as if you were fogging a window or mirror. This will sound like a quiet whisper.
-Now close your mouth and breathe through your nose only, but continue to make this hhhaaa sound within your throat with every inhale and exhale.
-Repeat this breath for 10 rounds. You can do this for more or less rounds if you’d like; whatever meets your needs best.
With any new pranayama exercise that you introduce into your routine, it becomes easier as you practice it more frequently. The next time you are dealing with change or discomfort in your life, I encourage you to incorporate a consistent practice of pranayama to your daily routine, even if you just have a few minutes!