This is the 2nd in a series of posts exploring various breathing techniques. All of them are momentary aids to relieve stress & tension, re-energize, re-focus and/or just feel good.
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The 2nd technique to explore is called the whistle breath.
- Start with your mouth closed and your tongue pressed lightly on the top of your mouth, behind your front teeth.
- Breathe in to a count of 2.
- Then purse your lips as if you were to whistle.
- Breathe out through your mouth to a count of 4 with a consistent flow, not too fast, not too slow.
Don’t be concerned with taking a deep breath in on the 2-count. Just a normal breath is fine.
If you practice this a handful of times throughout the day:
- It will reduce how hard you have to work to breathe.
- It will help get empty your lungs completely.
- You won’t feel short of breath so much.
- Your body will relax deeper.
Most people underestimate a simple exercise like this, classing it under, “Yeah, I know how to do that…”
You probably know how to do it. But are you?
You could just try it… now!