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Three Yoga Breathing Exercises to Help You Relax, Focus and Get Things Done

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How many times have you sat at your desk, unable to concentrate as your mind is full of things to do? Have you ever felt under so much pressure by the amount of work you have to do that you feel overwhelmed,worried and exhausted?

When you feel like this, how do you cope? How do you settle your mind and get on with what you have to do?

In today’s post I will share with you three simple yoga breathing exercises to help you relax, calm and clear your mind. Once your mind is calm, it is easier for you to stop procrastinating, settle down and produce good quality work.

In today’s busy world of work and hectic family lives, finding time to fit everything in is stressful.

How Can You Maintain Your Post Yogic Glow?

As a yoga teacher a lot of my students practice yoga as a way to relax and manage their hectic schedule. In class they feel energised, relaxed and vibrant. The trouble is once they go back home or return to work, their post yogic glow is quickly zapped by the demands of their daily routine. Work piles back up and soon you feel stressed and unable to concentrate.

To help you keep your post yogic glow, here are three simple yoga breathing exercises you can do throughout your day to keep your mind calm and clear, which makes it easier for you to focus.

What Are Yoga Breathing Exercises?

Your breath is your connection to your life and is the essence of yoga. You can survive for about six weeks without food and a few days without water. But without breathing, you would not survive for more than a few minutes. Learning how to use your breath correctly helps and supports you to use your energy more effectively. Known as pranayama, yogic breathing practices form the core of yoga.

There is a saying in yoga that it is not the number of years lived which determines the length of your life, but the number of breaths taken! So, it makes sense to use your breathe correctly.

Here Are Three Simple Yoga Breathing Exercises

The following yoga breathing exercises are simple to do and can be practised anyway, any time of the day you feel out of control, unable to concentrate and need to focus and get your work done.

As with all yoga breathing exercises, be gentle, respect and listen to your body. If you feel uncomfortable, stop the exercise and return to focusing on your every day breath.

1. Counted Breath

  • Sit comfortably on a chair, rest your hands on your thighs, uncross your ankles, place your feet apart flat on the floor and close your eyes.
  • Take a few moments to settle your body and to reconnect with your breath.
  • Next breathe in slowly through your nostrils for a count of four and slowly breathe out, throughout your nostrils for a count of four.
  • Repeat this sequence of breathing in for 4 and out for 4 for 3 – 5 rounds. Slowly open your eyes and remain seated for a few more moments before engaging with your day.

2. Calming Breath

  • Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and rest your hands on your lap.
  • Relax your face and smile. Focus on your nose and take in three big “sniffs” one after each other (similar to an animal sniffing)
  • Slowly and deeply exhale, inhale and slowly exhale. Repeat for three to five rounds. When you have finished sit still for a few more moments and slowly open your eyes.

3. Simple Alternate Nostril Breathing

  • Sit with your back straight and gently close your lips.
  • Rest your left hand on your left thigh, hands facing upward and position your right hand in Vishnu Mudra (for Vishnu Mudra, extend the thumb, ring finger, and little finger of your right hand and fold down your other two fingers into your palm.)
  • Close your right nostril with your right thumb and breathe in through your left nostril for a count of 4. Close your left nostril with your ring and little fingers.
  • Lift your right thumb and breathe out through your right nostril for a count of 8. Then breathe in through the same nostril for a count of 4.
  • Close your right nostril with your thumb and lift your fingers to exhale through your left nostril to a count of 8. Repeat this sequence 5 – 10 times.

Although simple, these yoga breathing exercises are powerful aids to help you cope with the pressures of managing to keep on top of your work. You can do them at your desk or sitting on the settee at home. And now, I invite you to pick one of the above breathing exercises, try it out and let me know how you got on. What difference did it make to how you feel? Did you feel calmer, more relaxed and focused? Share your thoughts in the comments box below. Thanks a lot and take special care

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About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.

About Ntathu Allen

Yoga Teacher, Blogger and mum to three bubbly teens, I aspire to support, educate and encourage busy mums and working women to weave moments of calm into their hectic schedule.

Comments

  1. The breathing exercise was awesome! I tried it a couple of times and it was really useful! thank you for sharing this.

  2. Thanks the breathing *techniques were really useful
    =D

  3. Thanks the breathing were really useful.
    =D

  4. Fantastic.

    K