The Stimulating Breath (also called the Bellows Breath)
The Stimulating Breath is adapted from yogic breathing techniques. Its aim is to raise vital energy and increase alertness.
How to do the stimulating breath:
- Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
- Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.
Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your ﬁrst try.
Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by ﬁve seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.
If done correctly, you will feel energized and invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout.
You can feel the eﬀort at the back of the neck, the diaphragm, the chest and the abdomen.
Try this diaphragmatic breathing exercise the next time you need an energy boost.