Balanced Breathing

Balanced Breathing

We breathe automatically, non-stop every day.  Because breathing is an automatic function, it can be easy to ignore how we are breathing.  Physiologically, when we have a stress response, our breath typically will increase and become more shallow.  Through a simple mindful breathing exercise, we will learn to do the exact opposite and help remind our bodies and minds that we can relax.

 

Balanced Breathing – Calm the nervous system, reduce stress, relax

Begin in a relaxed, but alert, supine or seated position.  If comfortable for you, place your hands on your belly.  This will better allow you to pay attention to the gentle rise and fall of your belly.  You can also close your eyes if you desire.

Now, begin to breathe in slowly, aiming for 3-4 counts on your inhale.  Next, exhale slowly, matching the count of your inhale.  Focus on the sensations of your breathe: the rhythmic sound, the expansion of your rib cage, any smells, etc.

This exercise can be practiced anytime and anywhere.  You can breathe through your nose to add a natural resistance to your breathe, and work towards elongating your breathe to 6-8 counts.

 

Complement this self-care practice with doTERRA Balance Grounding Blend

  • Begin your day by putting Balance on the bottom of your feet to promote feelings of calmness and tranquility throughout the day.
  • Balance is a great oil blend to use during an AromaTouch®Hand Massage.
  • Apply doTERRA Balance to your wrists or neck to help ease anxious feelings.
  • Diffuse in your car during road trips to create a calming, soothing environment.
  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
    Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

 

 

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