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Exercise 18 from Yoga Mindfulness Book
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Deep Belly Breathing or Yogic Breath
This breathing technique is part of the yoga breathing complex (Pranayama), and it is very popular among yogis.
Breathing in this way increases the oxygen delivered to our cells and helps us calm down. Our minds get clearer, and it is much easier to focus.
Choose a comfortable upright position such as sitting in a chair, sitting cross-legged, or sitting on your heels. Or, you can lie on your back in a resting position if that is most comfortable.
Place your hands on your belly. Take a deep breath in; then exhale through your nose with your lips closed. If you’re on your back, you could place an object, like a stuffed animal, on the child’s belly to help them feel (and see) the rise and fall as they breathe.