3. Breathwork Exercises
In my breath work coaching I teach three different categories of breathing techniques. Each takes advantage of our nervous system in a different way to produce different results.
Energizing Breathwork Exercises
The first is a fire category of breathing exercise. These breath exercises are very rapid and they activate our sympathetic nervous system. They’re great to do when we’re waking up because they give us a natural boost of energy. These exercises tell our body it’s time to get up and go. They are also great to practice before exercise.
Balancing Breathwork Exercises
The next category of exercise I teach is a water category of breathing exercise. This is a very balanced breathing technique. We take deep balance breaths. This category of exercises balances our nervous system. If we’re feeling a little bit up and stressed, it will help regulate and bring us back down. If we’re feeling a bit down and sluggish, it’ll help bring us back up.
Tranquilizing Breathwork Exercises
The last category that I teach is an ice category breathing exercise. This is a very very slow controlled deep breath. This category activates our parasympathetic nervous system. It tells our bodies it’s time to down regulate and relax. This type of exercise is great to do if we want to get ready for bed, or if we want to improve our digestion. Ice category practices are perfect to practice in the evening.
Learn More About Breathwork
This was just a brief overview of how breathwork works, why we might want to do it, and how it affects our nervous system. If you have any more questions or if you’re interested in learning more about breathwork check out the other articles on my blog. For 5 perfect beginner exercises to start with check out my blog post 5 Yoga Breathing Exercises for Beginners: Easy Traditional Yoga Breathing Techniques.