One of the best ways to get into meditation if you’re new to it! We’ve all heard someone tell us to count to 10 before we make a brash decision out of anger, and these two exercises are just the grown up and mindful version of that advice.
I’ve made an IGTV video introducing two of the simplest breathing exercises (other than just counting breaths/counting the length of inhales and exhales), and I will go more in depth with some more complex or advanced breathing techniques in the future, but here are my two favorites to get you started:
- Belly Breathing: breathe deeply, feeling your stomach expand with each inhale and collapse with each exhale. Focus on breathing as deeply and slowly as you can.
- Alternate nostril breathing: Breathe in the left nostril while blocking the right. Unblock the right, block the left, and breath out the right nostril. Breathe in the right nostril. Unblock the left, block the right, and breathe out of the left nostril. Repeat.
Try these two exercises when you wake up in the morning, before you go to bed, or the next time you need a little grounding and centering! And check out the video here for those auditory or visual learners!
Take some time to breathe and love your body today.