Breath Exercises, Patterns, Techniques
To Relax ~ To Balance ~ To Energize
“Depending on whether you want to relax
balance, or energize, you can vary your breathing
pattern to get the desired effect.
Lengthening and then holding your exhalation after
all the air is expelled relaxes you, while lengthening
and holding in your inhalation increases your energy.
Be careful though if you’re feeling stressed. You’re
better off using a balanced breath pattern, as holding
your inhalation can make you more tense.”
“The breath ratios at the top of this chart are very relaxing, while those at the bottom are energizing. lf you pay
careful attention and adjust your breathing accordingly, you can both relax and energize yourself at the same time.”
Source: “Breathing Ratio Chart” From *Yoga Journal* Advertisement in *Body + Soul Magazine* (2007 ?)