In this series of Breath & Body, I will go through a series of breath work techniques and a variety of yoga stretches to target different areas of the body. These techniques and stretches are designed to help reduce stress and anxiety and help promote relaxation and awareness.

We are often so caught up in the busyness of our day that we don’t pay attention to our breathing pattern, which typically comes from our chest and supports shallow breathing. Belly or diaphragmatic breathing, is true deep breathing that allows the full expanding and contracting of the abdomen. This breathing technique helps relax muscles, relieve tension and increase oxygen and blood flow to cells and tissues throughout the body.