Meditation and Breathing Techniques to Boost Health and Wellbeing

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In modern day and time, meditation is becoming increasingly popular as there are many benefits to it. It helps us improve our mental health and allows us to learn more about ourselves and our personality. Meditation also reduces stress and boosts our emotional health. Some of the most important aspects of meditation are breathing techniques which you can use to clear your mind. Here are some of them that may improve your meditation experience.

The Basic Breathing Technique

yoga 300x276 - Meditation and Breathing Techniques to Boost Health and WellbeingIf you regularly do yoga, chances are you are already familiar with this breathing technique. The technique doesn’t have a name, and it is used to slow down your breathing. It is as simple as it gets. All you must do is follow these steps:

  1. Breathe in slowly
  2. Make a short pause
  3. Breathe out just as slow
  4. Make another pause
  5. Rinse and repeat

The 4-7-8 Count Technique

The 4-7-8 count technique is meant to slow your breath and calm your nervous system. It is a great technique for anyone that has issues with insomnia or anxiety and includes the following steps:

  1. Place the tip of your tongue at the top back of your teeth
  2. Exhale deeply together with a big sigh
  3. Close your mouth and slowly inhale through your nostrils while counting to four
  4. Pause and hold your breath while counting to seven
  5. Exhale completely while counting to eight and making sure to let out the big sigh
  6. Rinse and repeat

Alternate Nostril Breathing

sunset meditation 300x233 - Meditation and Breathing Techniques to Boost Health and WellbeingThis technique allows you to revitalize your mind as well as spirit. Alternate nostril breathing technique is exactly what its name suggests. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Plug your right nostril using your right thumb
  2. Inhale deeply through your left nostril
  3. Remove your thumb, then plug your left nostril using your ring finger
  4. Exhale slowly through your right nostril
  5. Rinse and repeat

The Stimulating Breath

This technique is also known as the Bellows Breath technique. It is most commonly used by those that wish to increase their energy and alertness. Unlike the previous technique we listed, this one might take some practice before you perfect it. If you wish to try it out for yourself, here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Inhale and exhale quickly through your nose; make sure that each breath is short and equal in duration for both inhaling and exhaling while aiming to fit three of each per second
  2. Repeat it for five seconds
  3. Slowly increase the duration and continue practicing until you can reach one full minute

There are even more techniques that you can try out. Our best advice would be to find one that fits your needs and allows you to control your breathing the best in order to help you meditate.