5 breathing techniques to calm your mind during lockdown

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Beat the outside chaos with these 5 breathing techniques that can calm your mind


Not being able to go out of the house can cause a great deal of anxiety. With no physical interaction with your family and friends, struggle to get basic amenities and medication can trouble anyone and might make them angry at small concerns (not if you are MS Dhoni). Today, we will tell you 5 breathing techniques to calm your mind during lockdown.

1. Kapalbhati or Skull Shining Breath

Kapalbhati is a famous exercise in India, thanks to Baba Ramdev. This quick exercise will wake you up and help you gel well with the upcoming day.
How to do it?
–   Sit straight and try Lotus position if you can
–   Take a deep breath in through your nose
–   Now, breathe out with the powerful contractions and relax
–  Continue passive inhalation and forceful exhalation
–  Try doing Kapalbhati for 15 minutes

2. Sama Vritti Pranayama or square breathing

Square breathing is an equal ratio breathing exercise. It reduces anxiety and stress very quickly.
 
How to do it?
–   Be in a comfortable position either lying down or sitting
–    While counting three, inhale through nose
–  Take a moment when your lungs is full of air
–    Breathe out the air and again count 3
 

3. 4-7-8- Breathing technique

This technique is a stress buster and helps in getting rid of anxiety. It also helps you in having a good and deep sleep.
 
How to do it?
–   Place the tip of your tongue on the right behind the top front teeth
–   Inhale through the nose and count up to 4
–   Hold your breath for the count of 7

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4.  Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing

This yog follows the alternate nostril breathing technique which helps your body and mind to relax.
 
How to do it?
–    Sit in a Sukhasana pose
–  Put the right thumb of your hand on the right nostril and inhale through the left nostril
–   Now do the same with opposite thumb and opposite (left) nostril
–   Continue the cycle for minutes and you will feel good

5. Pursed Lip Breathing

This exercise is relaxing and very effective. It is very simple to perform this exercise and it  can help you if you feel exhausted throughout the day.
How to do it?
– Relax your body and breathe in slowly through your nose for 2 counts and keep your mouth close
– Purse your lips as if you are going to whistle
– Now, Exhale through your pursed lips while counting to 4.
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