Go-To Breathing Techniques

1. Alternate Nostril Breathing - I was introduced to this in yoga class years ago, and it is by far the most effective way to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and bring me back to baseline when I am triggered, spinning or overwhelmed.

2. Deep Belly Diaphragmatic Breathing - I like to do this as often as I possibly can between my coaching calls to bring my mind to stillness and clarity. When I’m moving throughout my day, I tend to forget breathing deeply. This practice integrates my whole body and allows me to center and restore myself when I have a lot going on throughout the day.

3. Wim Hof Breathing - I went to a Wim Hof “Ice Man” workshop last year and it was pretty life changing. In addition to teaching us about how the cold can activate our mitochondria to support our immune system, the class also trained us in short deep breaths that can seriously support energy levels. It’s a bit more labor intensive, but changes are noticeable when you take the time!

4. Child's pose breathing - Every time I take a yoga class, I am taken aback by how affective breathing in this position is. I wanted to share a video of an athlete out of yoga context might incorporate this posture, because honestly it is such an asset for everyone, not just yogis.

5. Lying down body scan breathing - I tend to incorporate body scanning breathing techniques to help me fall asleep, but it’s also useful any time of the day. It helps me redirect my focus of attention better than any of the above. Sometimes I incorporate this technique in coaching calls to help get clients out of their head. :)