How do you breathe?
You may think this is a stupid question, like, are there different ways to breathe? Of course there
Breathing is something we can just ‘do’ automatically in order to survive OR we can start using it as the magical tool it is to make some changes in our life.
We have to do it to stay alive but mindful breathing can help you cope with stress, increase your energy naturally and clear your mind. There are tons of different ways to breathe and each of them has a different goal, today let me introduce you to the Stimulating Breath or also called the Bellows Breath
Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness.
Try this exercise and document how you feel:
Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle. Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.
If done properly, you may feel invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout. You should feel the effort at the back of the neck, the diaphragm, the chest and the abdomen. Try this breathing exercise the next time you need an energy boost and feel yourself reaching for a cup of coffee.