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Breathing Relaxation Technique

Updated on March 26, 2010

Why is breathing relaxation so important?

In modern life we are faced, practically on a daily basis, with many challenges that contribute to the increased stress accumulation and increased anxiety in our bodies. We are therefore forced to learn some relaxation techniques in order to be able to get rid of these accumulated negative energies. The status quo is never a good solution, since constant functioning in stressful circumstances or under tension may lead us into health problems, not to mention the potential friction with our immediate environment and our loved ones. Here is where learning one or two simple breathing relaxation techniques might help us enormously.

The problem is very often our shallow breathing. We have forgotten to breathe deeply. Or better to say, our accumulated emotional, mental and psychic wounds have put themselves in and sort of suppressed our normal deep breathing we used to have when we were young.

There is another important aspect to the very process of breathing. When we inhale along with the air (read, oxygen) we also accumulate energy. The Eastern cultures were aware of this invisible energy which is in the fundamentals of our Universe. The other name for this energy is prana in yoga and meditation practices, or chi (ki) in some Chinese schools of though. By not breathing deeply not only do we feel more stresses, we also have deficiency in our bodily energy. Indeed, pranic breathing is a great way to increase your energy levels.

Simple breathing technique

The easiest breathing technique for stress and anxiety relief and relaxation is called deep breathing. Simply breathe in as deep as you can, and then slowly breathe out while relaxing every inch of your body. Repeat this exercise up to 10 times. This technique is useful if you haven't got enough time to properly relax yourself but you do have a few moments prior to attending an important business meeting, for example.

More advanced breathing for relaxation

If you can set apart 5 to 10 minutes, you can decide to practice the following more advanced breathing exercise which can help you relax your body to a greater degree.

  1. Close your eyes and keep them closed until the exercise is over. Inhale through your nose while counting to seven. At the same time visualise how your lungs are gradually filled with pink air.
  2. Keep your breath while counting to seven. During that time the pink air is redistributed to the other areas of your body. It fills up your legs, arm, chest, back, your head and trunk.
  3. Exhale while counting to seven. Now visualize how the pink air is leaving your body and along with it, all your worries, tension and stress are getting out of your microcosm.
  4. Now breathe gently and evenly for some time, and let the aroused energy flow freely, without any obstructions, throughout your whole body.


If you perform this breathing relaxation technique properly, you will find yourself more relaxed, more comfortable and recharged. Breathe with your usual rhythm, the way you normally do. Follow your breath; and be conscious of your breath even when you are not practicing any techniques. This can also help you relax more easily.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This above techniques can be combined with progressive muscle relaxation.

This is an extremely easy to perform technique that works so well in conjunction with these breathing exercises or even on its own. You simply reduce anxiety by alternate straining and relaxing the muscles of your body. While setting or laying, close your eyes and start to relax the various muscle groups from the bottom to the top of your body, for example, your feet, legs, abdomen, chest, back, arms and head. Each time you tense a muscle, do that consciously, and each time you relax a muscle you also do that with your awareness fully present. Soon you will discover that your intent and your focus can greatly help in relaxing your muscles and that by doing so your anxiety is also relaxed.

Conclusions

I hope this article offered you a good explanation of breathing relaxation.If you practice these simple breathing relaxation techniques, alone or in combination with muscle relaxation, or even together with some meditation for beginners you will be able to greatly reduce the level of stress in your body and considerably improve the quality of life. Not only that, by going more deeply in your inner being, you might start finding new inspiration and prospects you have never thought possible before.

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