10 Breathing Exercises That Give You More Energy (In 10 Minutes Or Less)

Poor cardiovascular health and stress are the major contributors to low energy levels.  The good news is that breathing exercises are a great way to boost energy levels naturally.  Here are 10 exercises which can give you more energy! They can be done in less than ten minutes and you can use the steps anywhere, whether at home, at work, or commuting.

Alternate Nostril Breathin

Alternate nostril breathing involves breathing in using both nostrils and alternating nostrils on the exhale.

Find a comfortable seat and rest the left palm on the knee. Close the eyes and take a few deep breaths through the nostrils.  Close the right nostril through the thumb and take a deep breath through the opposite nostril.  Close the left nostril with the ring finger and hold for a second or two.  Remove the thumb from the right nostril and exhale, breathing through the right nostril.  Take a deep breath through the right nostril. Then, hold both nostrils closed for a second.  Remove the ring finger from the left nostril and exhale. Repeat.

Relaxing Breath

This exercise is one of the best breathing exercises for people looking for something simple and fast.  It involves inhaling for a set amount of time, holding the breath, then releasing with control exhaling.

Sit up in a comfortable seating and exhale through the mouth.  Close the mouth and take a deep breath through the nose while counting to 4.  Hold the breath for 7 counts.  Ultimately, exhale through the mouth for 8 seconds.

Pursed Lip Breathing

This technique increases oxygen intake and it is particularly beneficial for those experiencing an asthma attack.   It can be done in any position and it is very simple to perform.  All you have to do is to inhale through the nose and then exhale through the mouth as you purse the lips.  Repeat for up to 10 minutes.

Laughter Yoga

According to a 2012 study, laughter yoga can boost mood and heart rate variability.

Warm up by saying ‘ho ho’ and pushing the hands down as you stand.  Push the hands forward from the chest and say ‘haha’. Increase speed.  Raise the arms above the head, take a deep breath, and hold for a few seconds.  Bend from the waist and relax the arms.  Exhale and laugh. Repeat for a few minutes.

Humming Bee Breath

Humming bee breath is known to improve memory and concentration while relieving anxiety and tension.

Sit in a comfortable seat, relax the face, close the eyes, and inhale through the nose. Breathe out while making a humming sound. Repeat for a few minutes.

Breath Counting

Unlike other techniques discussed above, breath counting doesn’t require you to breathe at a certain position or pace.

Begin from any comfortable position and inhale through the nose or mouth.  Breathe out and count quietly. Upon each exhale continue to count, going no higher than 5. Once you reach 5, start counting from one again. Repeat for up to ten minutes.

Three-Part Breath

This exercise focuses breath in the diaphragm, then the abdomen, and ultimately the chest to boost oxygen in the blood.

Sit up in a comfortable seat and relax the shoulders. Put one hand over the stomach and take a deep breath, feeling the stomach rise. Breathe out and repeat five times. Move the hand higher to the rib cage. Breathe in and feet the rib cage expand.  Breathe out and repeat five times. Ultimately, put the hand on the chest, inhale, exhale, and feel the collarbone lowering.  Repeat five times.

Conquer Breath

This breathing technique helps regulate blood pressure levels and increase energy.

How to do it? Find a comfortable seat and relax the shoulders. Close the eyes and take a deep breath through the nose while contracting the back of the throat. Breathe out through the nose while keeping the throat contracted.  Repeat for a few minutes.

Skull Shining Breath

This exercise is the best when it comes to boosting energy.  Additionally, it helps relieve stress and improve concentration.

Sit upright and rest the hands on the stomach. Take a couple of breaths, breathing in from the nose and breathing out from the mouth. Expel the air from the lungs forcefully while drawing the navel in towards the spine. Then, take an ordinary, relaxed breath in order to allow the stomach to expand in an natural way. Repeat for five to ten minutes.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Also known as deep or abdominal breathing, diaphragmatic breathing involves contracting the diaphragm.

Lie down and bend the knees. Put one hand on the stomach and the other hand on the upper chest. Breathe in through the nose.  Keep the hand on the chest as you inhale. Breathe out through pursed lips, tightening the stomach muscles. Repeat.

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