Yoga Breathing Exercises for Anxiety

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Yoga is a great way to treat anxiety, and some ways in which yoga is used include concentrating on where the breath is moving in the body. Discover how to do breathing exercises in yoga with help from an advanced yoga instructor in this free video on yoga breathing exercises for anxiety.

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So, if you're looking to just, you know, calm the mind it's really great to turn the cell phone off; maybe light a candle or dim the lights, and just keep all the distractions out of the way just for five, ten minutes. That's all you need. You can close the eyes and just breathe basically, and you can count the breaths, maybe five on the inhale and five on the exhale. Another great way to think of this is to really concentrate on where the breath is moving in your body, so start maybe with the belly. So, you start to fill the belly with your breath, and then the breath moves into the ribcage and you can feel your ribcage is expanding outward and up. And then you feel the breath all the way coming up to the sternum and once you feel it there then you release back and away out. So again, sitting cross-legged you bring your hands to your knees, relaxing the neck. Anytime you get tension in your face and your neck you're not doing the calming which is defeating the purpose, right, so never; you don't want to have too much breath. Just enough where you're still relaxed. So on an inhale, breathing, first filling up the belly, then the chest, then the sternum, and then exhaling out, chest and belly, and counting, five on the inhale and five on the exhale. Setting, doing that for five minutes and you feel like you're recharged and ready to go.

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