i'm really excited to share this first stress-less sequence with you.
when most people start practicing with me to alleviate anxiety, they are surprised that i often start with breath work. pranayama is an integral part of one's practice and definitely a key component in our relaxation. i also really love it because its something you can do anywhere. its a technique that you can use if you're stressed at work, sitting in traffic or about to give a big speech to company execs.
now there's tons of ways to meditate and each one has beautiful benefits, but for the sake of keeping this technique simple, i'd like to share a breath meditation. i find this one powerful because when we are stressed we tend to have short, shallow chest breaths. these short breaths are no benefit to us and for those of us that deal with shortness of breath or gasping during panic attacks, long deep breaths can be a lifesaver. belly breathing is the way we should always be breathing... inhaling through our nose, filling our belly, ribcage and chest... then fully exhaling through the nose. making sure to take our time. if you just want to practice engaging in these full breaths, take a moment to slowly count the in-breath, then practice making the out-breath the same length. if you're feeling anxious, count the in-breath and make the out-breath double in length. so a four count in-breath would be an eight count out-breath.
here's a video demonstration to help you really start your practice: