Start practicing Yogic breath techniques, even only the simple ones, to help you deal with your stress. Yogic breathing loads your blood with oxygen to maintain your health at your most desirable level by repairing and nourishing cells of your body. It is unlike shallow breathing that doesn’t oxygenate blood circulating in arteries and veins, piling up toxins in the cells. And before you know it, you feel sluggish mentally and down emotionally, and your organs begin to malfunction eventually.
When practicing Yoga breathing, you can start as simple as this following exercise. Start from sitting comfortably in a chair, and then close your eyes. Try visualizing a swan gliding peacefully across a clear and beautiful lake. Now, let your breath flow along in a smooth, long, and peaceful moment—just like the swan. Inhale and exhale through your nose. You can also try combination of mouth and nose or just the mouth if your nose is plugged up.
The next step is to extend the breath to its comfortable maximum—inhale as deeply as you can, and then exhale as fully as you can. Repeat both inhale and exhale for 20 times, and then let your breath gradually return to normal. Afterward, take a few peaceful moments to stay still, sitting with your eyes still closed. Notice the difference in how you feel overall.
If you have a history of problems with your lungs or a heart disease, it’s best to consult the physician first before start practicing, even if you are under the supervision of a pro yoga therapist—unless the therapist is a physician as well. It’s never recommended to practice breathing exercises when the air is too hot or too cool, and best to avoid practicing in polluted air. When practice yoga breathing, does it outdoors or with open window.