Did that recent email leave you rattled? Perhaps the relaxing appeal of coming home after a long day at the office is long-gone since work-from-home became your reality.
Sometimes a few deep breaths does the trick, but when you're looking for a breathing exercise that offers a more full-body experience this go-to technique can bring big relief.
Prone Breathing or Crocodile Pose Breathing
This breathing technique is pretty simple. All you need is your body and a yoga mat or any flat surface you feel comfortable lying on.
Why It Works
This breathing technique is a form of diaphragmatic breathing, or deep belly breathing. What is unique about prone breathing, or breathing face down, is that it has also been studied and shown improved oxygenation too. Now in medical studies the prone breathing was done for very long periods of time to demonstrate a medically significant effect.
But in shorter durations such as a couple minute pranayama practice there are benefits too. The diaphragm is a muscle and just like any other muscle with work we can can actually train it to be stronger. With prone breathing, like with other more restrictive breathing like ujjayi, we are introducing resistance and overtime our muscle gets stronger from meeting the resistance.
Deep breathing is known to reduce stress levels by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the house-keeping or 'rest and digest' side of the nervous system. When our bodies are able to switch from a state of heightened arousal to a state of rest and digest we begin to feel more calm and relaxed.
Practice this breathing technique anytime you need to relieve some stress and strengthen your deep breathing skills.
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Hi there! You found me. My name is Julia Marie Lopez. For 22 years I have studied meditation and mindful movement as my primary tools for healing. For the past 13 years I have worked as an instructor, a wellness business owner, the Founder of Practice Everywhere, and now I am embarking on a new adventure to expand how we define our Personal and Public Practices.
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