Try Breath of Joy to Energise, Uplift and Cleanse

Today in the final week of our ‘Breathe and Bend’ series, we explored Breath of Joy. This breath technique is ideal first thing in the morning, or mid-afternoon when you need a pick me up. Who needs a shot of coffee when you can do breathwork! It involves synchronising breath and arm movements with three inhalations and one exhalation.

Benefits of Breath of Joy
– Awakens and energises your body
– Oxygenates your blood
– The forceful exhalation at the end of each round helps to detoxify and release stress
– Leaves you feeling calm and focused when the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in afterwards
– Brings about focus and balance (in yoga this is known as a state of sattva)
– Aids in combatting feelings of depression
– Encourages deep breathing and full use of lungs (counters shallow breathing)
– Strengthens arms and shoulders

To practise Breath of Joy, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and parallel, knees slightly bent.

  1. Inhale one-third of your lung capacity and swing your arms up in front of your body, bringing them parallel to each other at shoulder level, with palms facing the ceiling.
  2. Continue inhaling to two-thirds capacity and stretch your arms out to the side like wings to shoulder level.
  3. Inhale to full capacity and swing your arms parallel and over your head, palms facing each other.
  4. Open your mouth and exhale completely with an audible ha, bending the knees more deeply as you sink into a standing squat and swing your arms down and back behind you like a diver.
  5. Repeat up to nine times. Don’t force or strain the body or breath.