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Breath Awareness Exercise

Exercise to connect with the natural rhythm of your breath.

This Breath Awareness Exercise helps you connect with the natural rhythm of your breath and thereby increase your awareness of your breath. Practicing this Breath Awareness Exercise before you begin your yoga practice helps center your mind and prepare you for the practice.
As you exhale, try to release the tension from your body. As you release your body's tension and begin to relax, your breath will become slower and more even. As you inhale, your breath should effortlessly fill your body. Your breath should gradually deepen as you perform this exercise.
While performing Breath Awareness Exercise, do not try to regulate your breath or force yourself to breathe in a certain way. The purpose of the exercise is to discover and explore your breath, so you should simply notice how you breathe naturally. Once you have gained a greater awareness of your breath, you will be able to learn to control how you breathe.
You can practice this exercise lying down or while in a comfortable seated pose, such as Easy Pose.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor, hip width apart.
Inhale through your nose.
(Notice which parts of your body move and expand as you inhale.)
(Feel your breath creating space and openness within your body.)
Exhale through your nose. Listen to your breath.
(Notice which parts of your body move and release as you exhale.)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for 2 to 5 minutes.
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