The breath can enliven and invigorate both body and mind. Try this exercise whenever you’re feeling sluggish for an immediate lift.
- Stand with your feet together or a comfortable distance apart. Inhale slowly through your nose as you turn your palms out and raise your arms to the sides.
- Continue inhaling as you bring your arms over your head until your hands meet.
- Exhale audibly through your mouth as you lower your arms to your sides, palms down. Repeat 5 to 10 times, then relax.
As you inhale, fill the bottom part of your lungs first, expanding your abdomen. Continue to inhale, filling the middle part of the lungs, so the lower part of the rib cage expands. Finally, inhale to the upper lungs, expanding the upper part of the rib cage. Exhale in reverse order: first release the upper lungs, then the middle lungs, and finally the lower lungs. End the exhalation by squeezing the abdomen slightly. Make your exhalation as gradual and even as the inhalation. Breathe slowly and deeply, but without strain.
- Promotes deep breathing.
- Oxygenates the blood and increases circulation
- Helps strengthen the lungs
- Helps relieve asthma and other bronchial ailments
- Loosens the shoulders