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Breathwork for Relaxation

Breathing well is essential to our health & wellbeing. Using the principles of yoga pranayama we will use simple and accessible breathing techniques to activate our parasympathetic (rest & digest) nervous system to evoke a sense of calm as we slow down into deep relaxation.

Resonant Breathing

 Breathing in this gentle, slow and circular method is a very effective exercise for the baroreflex while providing benefits for your respiratory system, nervous system, brain, and heart.

 

When a person breathes at their resonance frequency their respiratory system, nervous system, and cardiovascular system synchronise together and function more efficiently.

  • Sit in stillness and take a deep, full, inhale - then exhale and empty your lungs


Breathe through your nose if you are comfortable to do so.

  • Take another deep inhale and when you exhale, relax your shoulders, jaw and tongue.

  • Soften your gaze.

  • Now inhale for a count of 5 or 6 seconds (use a clock if you want to be precise) and exhale slowly for a count of 5 or 6 seconds. That’s one breath.

  • Continue with slow, 5 or 6 second inhales and exhales, until you have completed 6 breaths and around a minute of slow breathing overall.

  • Breathe slowly for 5 or 6 minutes.

  • Before you continue with your day, perhaps roll your shoulders or stretch a little.

  • Allow your breathing to return to a more normal everyday rhythm.

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