yoga tip of the month

One Minute Stress Buster ~ Deep Breathing


When we feel threatened, we often breathe from the upper chest which can perpetuate our fight or flight response. Shifting to diaphragmatic breathing can make a real difference in how you feel and manage your stress. Try this simple strategy:

  • Find a comfortable seated position.

  • Take a deep breath in through the nose, allowing the abdomen to expand fully.

  • Hold the breath in for 2-3 seconds.

  • Let the breath out through the mouth all at once (with a sigh if you want).

  • As you exhale, relax your face, jaw, and shoulders. Think calm...

  • Repeat 8-10 rounds of your breath.

  • Let your natural breathing resume and notice how you feel.

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