Are you feeling stressed out by work? Well here’s a great Kundalini Yoga breathing exercise to help you relax when you’re feeling that way. This exercise is great because you can do it anywhere and everywhere, and it will only take a few minutes! What is it called? Long, deep breathing! It sounds simple, but there is a specific way to do this ancient yogic practice correctly, so pay attention! First, find a place to sit down in a cross legged position and close your eyes for a moment, center yourself so that you feel calm enough to start. There are three parts to this breath that you must learn first, then at the end you will put them together. Ready? Great!
Step 1: Abdominal Breath
Start to breath in slowly through your belly. Let the belly expand, and keep your chest relaxed. You can check to make sure you are doing this right by placing one of your hands on your belly to make sure your belly is expanding, and one hand on your chest, to make sure your chest is still flat. Just try to breath in only with your belly a few times. The hand on your belly should be noticeably rising and falling.
Step 2: Chest Breath
For the next part, you will be doing the same with your chest. This time, inhale slowly using your chest muscles, and keep your abdomen still. Let your chest rise and fall as you inhale and exhale with your chest. You should try this a few times to get used to it.
Step 3: Clavicular Breath:
For this last part, keep your abdomen still, and lift your chest without inhaling first. Now let yourself inhale by expanding your shoulders and collarbone. Exhale, keeping your chest lifted.
Now put everything together! Sit with your spine straight. Begin with the Abdominal Breath, then start the Chest Breath, and finally, the Clavicular Breath. Now that you have done a complete inhale, start to slowly exhale, relax your clavicle, then empty your chest, and finally push out any remaining air with your abdomen.
It might take a few times to get this right. That is completely normal. It is a very simple exercise, but most people are not used to breathing like this. This is just one of many exercises in Kundalini Yoga to make you healthier every day, so if this interests you, I recommend to find a Kundalini Yoga instructor in your area and get started right now!