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Calming Box Breathing

Box breathing is a pranayamic (aka ancient breath technique that originates from yogic practices in India) that engages the parasympathetic nervous system, transitioning us from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest,” mode. Use this simple breathing method known as Sama Vritti Pranayama, or box breathing,when you are feeling anxious or stressed or just need a little reset.

(Caution/modification: If you are pregnant have high blood pressure, ear, eye, heart or lung/respiratory issues do not do the breath holds or retentions. Rather, focus on equalizing the length of the inhalation and exhalation.)

For breath is life, and if you breathe well
you will live long on earth.

— Sanscrit Proverb

Try this the next time you are about to lose it at your partner, kids, boss, that lady in the checkout line at the grocery or any time.

Dana

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