Just a few minutes of conscious breathing every day are enough to transfer from a state of active stress into a state of passive rest. You can practise this breathing technique in the office, in the morning before getting up or even at night before going to sleep:
● Place your hands on your ribs at the side and exhale completely. Now count to four while inhaling strongly to fill your lungs completely.
● Hold your breath and count to seven.
● Now breathe out evenly through your mouth on eight beats and start the next round.
Repeat this exercise a few times. After just three minutes, which corresponds to around ten exhalations, you will be able to relieve your inner tension. You can extend the exercise at any time, of course. Incidentally, in classic yoga, breathing exercises are used as preparation in order to move one’s attention away from outward practices, such as postures, and towards our inner self. Conscious breathing is therefore ideally suited as preparation for silent meditation, as it serves to calm the mind and senses more than any other relaxation technique. Give it a try!