I always thought this is all a bit ‘hippy’ and radical. But breathing work will be a game changer in sport, mental health, and physical health very soon. It is a powerful practice. It is one of the biggest and most effective additions I have made to my daily ‘habits’ to improve my wellbeing. It can be done in 5-10 minutes, there really is no excuse not to do it. Breathing practice can help with mind and body, stress relief as well as improving your performance fitness wise.
It can reduce blood pressure and have positive physical effects on your body too.
The biggest benefit I have had though is dealing with the days to day pressures. Having a calm and relaxed connection to others around me. It can also give feelings of openness, love, peace, gratitude, clarity, communication, and connection.
Who doesn’t want that?
A simple stress reliever is this basic pattern. Find a quiet place where there is no distractions or noise, sit comfortably or lay down.
Breath in for 6 seconds through the nose, pause for 4 seconds, and breath out again thought your nose for 8 seconds.
Wait till you body naturally wants to start the next breath (do not force it) and repeat for 12 times.
Do in to a normal breathing pattern for 10-20 seconds and complete another round.
It’s that simple!
"Paul Smith UKOutdoor Fitness 2022"