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Relaxing with Breathing Techniques

Part of the Complementary Medicine For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

One of the many benefits of complementary therapies is that you can use them at home. Here’s a breathing technique from the yoga tradition that you may find useful for relaxation:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position.

  2. Raise your right hand and place the thumb against the right nostril to close it.

  3. Inhale through your left nostril to the count of eight.

  4. Close your left nostril by pressing your ring finger against it.

  5. Release your thumb and exhale through your right nostril to the count of eight.

  6. Repeat the process, this time inhaling through the open right nostril to a count of eight, then close this nostril with the thumb and release the ring finger, exhaling though your left nostril to a count of eight again.

  7. Repeat this sequence seven times slowly and gently.

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