Breathing to lower stress

COVID. Life. COPD. Cancer. 
I have reasons to be stressed.

Through years of dealing with stress and worry I have learned that, for me, a regular meditation practice is the simplest and cheapest way to relax and calm myself when things get out of hand.

And one of the main ways that the practice of meditation produces these effects is through controlled attention to breathing. Hindu and Buddhist teachings dating back thousands of years have described the beneficial effects of Prāṇāyāma, the practice of breath control. Over recent decades Western science has begun researching and reproducing these results and exploring the physiological and biochemical processes behind them.

I was reminded of this by an article on a new website: The Science of Coaching. In her article HK based coach Liza Rosén gives a great overview of the problems with the way most of us breathe, the benefits of paying attention to your breath and a practical exercise to try for yourself. It’s definitely worth a read. Like the other articles on the this one provides links to studies and reports to back up the claims it contains. No fluffy hippy hand-waving here 😉

For my own benefit and as a reminder for later reading I’ve copied some of the links here:

These two are behind paywalls: