3 Breath Practices to Reduce Stress Instantly

Feeling caught up with stress, uncertainty and anxiety?

There’s a lot we can’t control (always, but especially now!) but we CAN control our breathing, and use it to increase energy and decrease tension. Practicing breathwork helps to active the parasympathetic nervous system, taking us out of ‘fight or flight’ mode and bringing us into ‘rest and digest’.

Give these 3 types of breathing a go next time you need a little pick me up!
1. UJJAYI BREATH [You-Ji] breath should be long and smooth, and sound like the ocean.
Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth, making a subtle ‘ha’ sound. This slightly constricts the throat and lengthens the breath. Eventually, try to exhale through the nose as well, while still keeping the throat constriction.

Also known as alternate nostril breathing, this practice is about balancing masculine and feminine (or hustle and flow!). Use your right thumb to block your right nostril and breathe in. Release the thumb, then use your right index finger to block your left nostril and breathe out. Breathe in, switch the blocked nostril, and breathe out. 

Box breathing is beginner friendly – a quick and easy way to bring breath into your daily life whenever you need to relieve stress. Breathe in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, breathe out for 4, and hold for 4.