Yoga for Kids: De-stressing Breathing Exercises

Yoga and Fitness

Yoga asanas by Namita Jain

Deep breathing relaxes the body and mind and this happens for a very good reason - when we breathe deeply we take in oxygen, which is the most vital nutrient in our body. It helps to maintain the flow of oxygenated blood to the nerves, brain, spinal cord and heart muscles, maintaining their efficiency. Deep, slow breathing strengthens the heart and lungs. The mind becomes calmer and there is greater clarity of thought.

Do these simple deep breathing exercises every day. These are quick and easy exercises that will relax you and banish your stress. Each breathing exercise needs to be done 3 to 5 times. Pay attention to your posture when you exercise and do not slouch.

How to Deep Breathe:
  • Shut your eyes and take slow, calming breaths.
  • Every time you inhale, focus on breathing in calmness and when you exhale, breathe out all your mental fatigue.
How to Tense and Relax Your Body:
  • Shut your eyes.
  • Tense your entire body.
  • Hold this pose for 2 seconds and relax completely.
  • Repeat.
  • Then breathe in and breathe out slowly in a relaxed manner.
  • Repeat.
How to Breathe Through the Belly:
  • Place your hands on your stomach.
  • Breathe in slowly and feel your stomach rise as you inhale.
  • Sink down as you exhale

Namita Jain is a certified clinical wellness specialist with Bombay Hospital. She has authored fitness books and DVDs sold under the brand label 'Jaldi Fit'. For more information log on to www.jaldifit.com