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10 Breathing Techniques for Every Occasion

By Crystal Mejia
Posted On May 24, 2016
10 Breathing Techniques for Every Occasion



Breathing is more complex than we think. It’s beyond taking a few inhales and exhales throughout the day to keep us up and running. We know that as much as we try to pursue happiness, our moods are ever-changing due to our spontaneously eventful, everyday lives. Certain events attack our nerves but you can calm them down in a matter of a few seconds by practicing breathing techniques. Here are a couple that you might want to try depending on the situation:


The Charger Breath

How: Deeply inhale through nostrils until you’ve reached the last drop of air. Then, exhale immediately.

Why: Your tissues are purified by bringing in clean and necessary amounts of oxygen to the cells.

When: Every day. (It should be included in your daily regimen, especially if you’re a resident in polluted cities, such as Los Angeles and New York City.)


Skull Shining Breath

How: Take ten breaths each starting with a long, slow inhale through the nostrils and finish off with a big, quick exhale generated from the lower stomach.

Why:  This warms up the body and wakes up the brain.

When: Before you think about hitting the snooze button.


Equal Breathing

How: Inhale and exhale through your nostrils for four seconds each.

Why: Balanced breathing calms the nervous system, increases focus, and reduces stress.

When: Before bed.

Abdominal Breathing Technique

How: Take six to ten deep breathes through the nostrils per minute with one hand on the chest and the other on the stomach.

Why: It reduces heart rate and blood pressure.

When: Before an exam or nerve wrecking office presentation.


Progressive Relaxation

How: Breathe in through the nostrils and out through the mouth, holding your breathe for five seconds, as you tense and relax each muscle group (starting with feet, then moving up to the knees, thighs, glutes, chest, arms, etc.).

Why: This lessens body tension from head to toe.

When: Before and after a workout.

Stimulating Breath

How: Take three short, in-and-out breath cycles per second through the nostrils for 15 seconds.

Why: This gives off an energy boost and increases alertness.

When: Before participating in a physical activity.


Alternate Nostril Breathing

How: Place right thumb over right nostril while inhaling through the left nostril. When inhaling last bit of air, place index finger on left nostril and exhale through right nostril.

Why: This unites the right and left sides of the brain, clearing your channels to make you feel more awake.

When: During your lunch break so you’re focused and energized the second half of your shift


Breathe Counting

How: Take natural, slow rhythmic breaths but at every exhale, count to yourself.

Why: It can potentially stop panic attacks, migraines, muscle spasms, or cramps.

When: During rush hour.


Guided Visualization

How: Take deep breathes while focusing on calming, positive images to replace any negative thoughts.

Why: This helps put you in the place you want to be.

When: Beach Day.

Relaxing Breathing

How: Inhale deeply through the nostrils while placing the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth. Exhale through mouth around your tongue.

Why: This is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system.

When: Right when you feel tension and have the urge to slap someone.


I’m definitely trying the relaxing breathing technique every day. Which one are you going to try?




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