Sign up to our mailing list to discover the future of beauty and wellness.
Over the past five years, internet searches for “breathwork” to reduce stress have increased six-fold, and GOOP’s recent documentary series on Netflix featuring an episode on Wim Hof Method and the eponymous man behind the technique, has brought the idea of breathing for calm, and even increased immunity, right into our living rooms.
Many people will have already experienced the power of the breath for stress relief and aid relaxation on their yoga mats - whether you realised you were engaging in breathwork or not.
Altering your respiratory rhythm directly alters the state of your central nervous system and can support your wellbeing in many ways. If you want to achieve increased focus and productivity, improve your mood and even shift some unwanted weight, the below breathing hacks could be a great place to start. You might also want to consider taking a supplement to lower cortisol levels; LYMA’s evidence-based formula has been designed with your wellbeing in mind, and its eight unrivalled ingredients, including nootropics, offer tangible results and a confidence you can feel.
Why does diaphragmatic breathing helps with stress?
Otherwise known as ‘belly breathing’, diaphragmatic breathing forms the basis of most relaxation and meditation practices. This technique is particularly useful for eliminating stress, reducing cortisol levels in the blood and improving your core strength.
Diaphragmatic breathing is a really simple and relatively risk-free place to start if you’re new to breathwork.
How do I do it?
What is Alternate nostril breathing and why does it soothes body and mind?
Alternate nostril breathing is popular with yogis for its ‘energy clearing’ properties. It is believed that this ancient breathing technique can help to reduce anxiety, relive the build-up of stress and help you to feel soothed and calm. Alternate nostril breathing is great for re-centering you and bringing your awareness back to the present moment, creating a feeling of mental clarity, and for promoting a general sense of wellbeing.
Alternate nostril breathing is a little more advanced than diaphragmatic breathing, so perhaps give the latter a go before attempting this technique.
How do I do it?
What is it the Wim Hof method and how does it energise?
The one you’ve all been waiting for: the Wim Hof Method. Hof, also known as The Iceman, developed his advanced breathing exercises in response to a period of intense stress in his own life (his wife unfortunately committed suicide leaving him to bring up four young children alone).
This breathing system involves alternating between periods of hyperventilation and holding your breath for a sustained period. Practitioners report feeling intensely emotional, energised and even euphoric after engaging in the Wim Hof Method.
It is not uncommon to feel lightheaded or to develop a tingling sensation in your extremities when you engage in this kind of breathwork, so don’t be alarmed if you experience either of these things. Because you are undergoing controlled and self-induced hyperventilation there is a risk that you could faint, so make sure you are in a safe environment and do this in your bed or surrounded by cushions just in case.
This groundbreaking technique is pretty advanced but with a little practice you will be able to master it, and harness its incredible results such as reduced anxiety.
How do I do it?