3 Breathing exercises for instant calm

3 deep breathing exercises for instant calm 
Did you know that the way you breathe can have a dramatic effect on your nervous system? Something as simple as slowing or deepening your breath can take you quickly from a state of internal emergency to relaxation. Here are our 3 favourite breathing techniques to promote relaxation and calm for you to implement across your day. 
EQUAL BREATH
A simple technique where you inhale, hold your breath, and exhale for the same amount of time.
You might want to start with inhaling to a slow count of 4, holding your breath for 4 and exhaling once more to the count of 4.
As you become more relaxed and focused on the practice, you can increase the number of seconds you breathe and hold for with the goal of reaching 7 seconds.
Repeat sequence for 5-10 minutes each time.
BELLY BREATHING
A technique to help you focus drawing your breath deep into your belly - a common breath pattern for meditation and relaxation.
- Sitting up or lying down, place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest.
- Take an inhale and draw breath into your chest, expanding your ribs.
- Feel the hand on your chest rise.
- Then take another inhale, drawing further breath down into your belly, expanding your belly. Feel the hand on your belly rise.
- Then exhale releasing all of the air out of your body. 
Repeat sequence for 5-10 minutes or as long as you can.
4-7-8 BREATH
The 4-7-8 technique encourages the mind and body to focus on regulating the breath, rather than your stressors or to-do list. 
- First, exhale completely from your mouth. 
- Then close your mouth inhaling silently through your nose for a count of 4.
- Then hold at your breath for a count of 7 seconds. 
- Exhale your breath out of your mouth for a count of 8. 
Repeat sequence for 5-10 minutes or as long as you can.
 
Elevate your breath-work practice with a mist.
Clear the room of negative energy and cultivate an intention for your breathing practice.
We recommend our Eunoia Meditation Mist before you begin your practice to calm the mind and ground you into the present moment. 
As you come out of your breathing practice, use the Eunoia Abundance Mist to uplift and energise for the rest of the day. 

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