Scientists say that mindfulness practices such as focusing your attention on your own breathing affects "noradrenaline". This is a natural chemical in the brain often referred to as one of the “stress hormones” because when we produce too much, it increases our heart rate and blood pressure, which is part of the body’s normal fight-or-flight response that allows us to react physically in stressful situations (such as running from danger). Conversely, when we produce too little, it affects our ability to be alert and focused.
After setting aside time to practice mindful breathing in this video, you’ll find it easier to focus attention on your breath in your daily life—an important skill to help you deal with stress, anxiety, and negative emotions, cool yourself down when your temper flares, and sharpen your ability to concentrate, tapping into a state of deep relaxation and peace..
Find a comfortable position, whether sitting or laying down and notice how this breath-focused meditation makes you feel. This practice nourishes the physical body by oxygenating your cells, promoting healing, and boosting your immune system. Enjoy the calming sensation in your mind, as you quiet the incessant chatter with:
Diaphragmatic breathing pranayama (deep breathing)
Ujjayi (victorious breathing)
Kapalabhati Pranayama (skull shining breathing with retention)
Nadhi Sodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
*Note: If you are pregnant, or suffer from diabetes, high or low blood pressure, heart conditions, epilepsy, or vertigo, please consult your health care provider before performing any of these breathing exercises.
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