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.

Breath counting is a deceptively simple technique that revolves around using your breath to focus on the present. After settling into a comfortable position, gently close your eyes and focus on slow, deep breaths. Count on each exhalation up to 5, and then start back down at 1. If you find yourself counting up higher, allow yourself to acknowledge where your mind has wandered and then gently guide yourself back to the present and your breath.