Look to the “SKY”: 4 Breaths to Turn Stress into Relaxation

Preliminary Steps

Sit with an upright posture, either seated in a chair, on the floor, or lying on the floor.  Plan to spend around 15 minutes on this breathing exercise, noting that it may take a bit longer the first time you try it.

Ujjayi

•Slow your breath down and aim for four breaths per minute

Bhastrika

•Take short, quick, inhale and exhale breaths, about 30 per minute

Kriya

•Take several, long, deep belly breaths; breathe in and breathe out for around 10s each, focusing on the heart center.

Chanting

•Chant “oohmm” three times

Breath Sequence

The “SKY” (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga) breath technique helps you to be mindful through paying attention and alternating between the above four breaths.

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