5 Breathing Exercises for Asthma Relief

There are more than 3 million cases of asthma in the U.S.

In fact, you might know someone with the condition or deal with it yourself.

It’s a chronic disease where the lung airways are inflamed, narrow, swelled or are blocked by mucus to the point where lung function is limited. Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Your heart pounds. You can’t quite catch your breath. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach. You want to cry or run or curl up in a little ball. You can’t calm yourself down and, worst of all, you’re not sure why you’re upset in the first place.

Though you may feel trapped and alone, you aren’t. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 18 percent of U.S. citizens 18 and older suffer from this extremely common mental illness. There are breathing exercises for anxiety that can help you deal with oncoming attacks. Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief

Breathing sustains life. It sends oxygen to your lungs and brain. It keeps the heart pumping. It’s essential to life. And, as a bonus for those living in today’s busy society, controlled and mindful breathing also helps you manage stress. Everyone who is subject to today’s busy and stressful way of life could benefit from learning breathing exercises for stress management.

By taking control of your breath, you can reset the stress response in your brain. Slow, deep breathing shifts the autonomic nervous system (which is in charge of the fight-or-flight response) back into rest mode and lowers blood pressure. For those who suffer from anxiety, deep breathing has been shown to provide relief by relaxing muscles. Read more

How to Lower Blood Pressure Quickly with Breathing Exercises

In the United States, 1 in every 3 adults has high blood pressure. Only about half of these people have their high blood pressure under control. Hypertension is a growing problem and can be caused by a number of factors including stress, high sodium intake, obesity, lack of physical activity, and smoking.

Fortunately, there are easy and natural methods for how to lower blood pressure quickly. In fact, right now, as you’re reading this article, you could begin taking steps to lower your blood pressure. Read on to find out how. Read more

Discover Mindfulness with These Breathing Exercises

You’ve heard that being mindful can help you in a variety of situations. It helps reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and makes it easier for you to enjoy what’s going on in your present. One of the easiest ways to get into mindfulness is to start with mindful breathing.

By understanding how breathing exercises help you be more mindful and give you several health benefits, and by learning about different types of breathing exercises you can do, you can figure out which ones to try, and which ones to use when you’re experiencing distress.

Why They Work

Breathing exercises are some of the easiest ways to get into being mindful. One of the biggest benefits of taking the time to breathe is that it calms your fight, flight, or freeze reflex. Deep breaths give our brain the ability to calm this response by helping our amygdala see that we are safe from harm.

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5 Breathing Exercises for Better Sleep

5 Breathing Exercises for Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep can be a tough task. In fact, a Gallup study found that 40% of Americans get fewer than the recommended 7 hours of sleep.

Sleep deprivation can lead to numerous physical health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, and more. Additionally, a lack of sleep has detrimental effects on mood, leading you to be more irritable, less productive, and unfocused. Read more

Breathing for Weight Loss: Legitimate Tactic or Bust?

In the huge rush to lose weight, countless weight loss tactics, tricks, and tools have popped up. From exercise regimens to diet plans to expensive surgeries to pills, there’s a weight loss plan for almost every personality.

And yet another plan that has recently entered the scene is a weight loss plan based on breathing techniques. Read more

Control Stress and Conquer Anxiety With Alternate Nostril Breathing

When you are feeling stressed, sad, or frustrated, one of the first things you want to do is regain control over your emotions. After all, the best way to deal with a situation is calmly and rationally — two things that are hard when your reasoning skills are being overtaken by strong emotions. But what’s the fastest and most effective way to regain control? The secret, used by top personalities including Hillary Clinton, is in your breath. Read more

How to Use Breath Control Exercises to Relieve Stress

Breath control — it’s not just a vocal technique for professional singers or a term reserved for yogis. It’s an effective and important tool that helps us reset our internal systems after experiencing stress. Read more

5 Yoga Breathing Techniques to Master and Enjoy

Although you may not give much thought to your breath during your day-to-day life, some spiritual practices, such as meditation and yoga, make your breath front and center.

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class before, you may be familiar with the constant reminders to “watch” your breathing. Oftentimes, the yoga instructor will spend as much time prompting students to breathe in and breathe out as they will showing them how to do the actual yoga moves.

There is a whole fascinating world of breathing techniques within the practice of yoga. Read more