There are times when you want to crawl into your desk and take a nap or simply cry like a baby. Well, stress, anxiety and panic attacks are quite common issue these days. The simplest way to deal with stress is to ‘Breathe’. Pranayam is the ancient Indian breathing technique that helps connect the mind and body. We have listed a few Pranayam techniques that can help you stay sane at work and in life too.
1. Humming Bee Breath
This breathing exercise has a calming affect on the body. It is advisable to do it before bed time because it helps induce better sleep. Sit in a comfortable position and bring your hands towards your ears and safely but steadily press index fingers into your ears to block all the noise. Inhale deeply through your nose, and as you exhale release a low, continuous, loud humming sound. It may sound a bit weird in the beginning but is very calming. Practice for a few minutes or till the time you begin to feel calm.
2. Balanced Breathing
This is the basic breathing technique for beginners, this technique helps to calm your body and focus your mind. To practise this you need to sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position with your back straight or may be lie down in a relaxed position, close your eyes and concentrate on your natural breathing.
3. Abdominal Breathing
The best part of abdominal breathing is that it naturally calms you down and stabilises your mood. For this you have to lie down with both hands on your belly. Close your eyes and begin to focus on your inhalation and try to take as deep a breath as possible into your belly. As you exercise do make sure that only the belly, and not the chest, is rising and falling. Carry on this practice for 5-10 minutes.
4. Alternate Nostril Breathing
Nadi Shoddana helps to open all of our energy channels and bring calm and balance to the mind. First sit in a relaxed position, legs crossed and press your right thumb against your right nostril and inhale deeply through your left nostril. At the end of your breathing, close the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril. Continue to do this by inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb, and exhaling through the left nostril. Practice this for at least 3 times.