Video: Calm down fast with this slow breathing practice.

December 14, 2017

Good morning, beautiful people. You’ve heard me talk about Deergha Swasam, Yoga’s 3-Part Breathing practice, lots of times. It’s the first Yoga tool I taught my friend Francesco in the hospital after a diving accident left him paralyzed. It’s one of the most important and powerful Yoga practices.

It’s simple, but it’s not always easy to follow written instructions. That’s why I made this video for you, where I talk you through the practice. Before you begin, a few things to note:

  • Breathe through your nose, rather than your mouth.
  • You don’t have to inhale or exhale too deeply. Your breaths should feel comfortable, like when you sigh with relief.
  • You don’t have to do this for too long. Anywhere from a few rounds to 1-3 minutes is good, as long as it feels okay.

You can do this practice sitting, standing, or lying down, and you can do it whenever you feel stressed. I do it when I wake up; it helps set a calm tone for my day. It’s a handy tool for the holidays, and any day. Sometimes, people can quickly get overwhelmed, so it’s important that they have a technique that can quickly calm them down to make sure they can continue with their day. This form of yoga helps me, but I know some other people might not achieve similar results. Therefore, those people need to keep looking to make sure they find the treatment method that works for them. I know some people have found that various strains of cannabis have been useful for people trying to calm themselves down. Perhaps some people would like to visit a website like to see if that method works for them. It might be worth giving it a go.

Have a beautiful day, divine lights.

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