Calming Breathing Exercises in Yoga

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There are several breathing exercises in yoga that can be used to reduce stress, and they work by making sure the diaphragm pulls oxygen into the base of the lungs. Relax the body and calm the mind with help from a certified personal fitness trainer in this free video on yoga breathing exercises.

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Hi my name is Tanya Batts and I'm a personal trainer with Gold's Gym. I want to talk to you about how to do some calming, breathing exercise. There's actually two of them. First, what I want you to do; place your hand on your chest and the other one on the abdominals. When you inhale, the belly should come out a little higher than the chest and exhale. See, when I inhale, when the belly comes out further than your chest, that's making sure your diaphragm is really pulling the oxygen into the base of the lungs. Inhale and exhale. So, every time you exhale, try to make it a little longer than that inhale. So, that's just a little few ways to breathe to really relax the breath and calm the mind. Another one's known as smooth breathing. You want to place your hands on the rib cage. Inhale; the chest expands and the fingertips come apart. As you exhale, fingertips should touch again. So, when you're inhaling, fingertips come apart and exhale. What this is doing is really giving your lungs a great exercise. Breath is known as brauna or universal energy. So, it's a great way to really relax the body, calm the mind. So, if you're really upset or just kind of nervous about something, if you'll just take a few deep breaths, you're really going to be amazed at the power of the breath and what it can do for you.

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