Strike a Pose: Dragon Breathing

Feeling anxious and need to calm your nervous system?
Is your mind racing, scattered or all over the place?
Do you feel angry or upset looking for a way to release negative energy?

Breathe Fire Like a Dragon!

Dragon Breathing releases tension and negative energy. It is a great exercise to practice for those moments when we are angry or feel like we might explode. A few rounds of dragon breath could help us calm ourselves down. The long exhale triggers our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and also ensures we are taking a deep breath in which helps us connect with and work through emotions.

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One of the world's most popular mythological creatures, dragons have captured the imaginations of people all over the world. In medieval times, people believed dragons were real, and thought dinosaur bones where proof that dragons existed.

How To: Dragon Breathing

  • Sit cross legged or kneeling with your spine long
  • Breathe in through your nose
  • Breathe out through your mouth whispering a roar
  • Option to stick out your tongue and open your eyes and mouth wide
  • Repeat 3-5 times

Tips for Mastering Dragon Breathing:

  • Breathe out forcefully and fully - really commit to a complete exhale.
  • Relax your jaw to open your mouth wide.
  • Try to make the exhale longer than the inhale to trigger a relaxation response.
  • Do at least three breaths and add a few more to increase the benefits.
  • Practice dragon breathing with children often, when they are calm, so it is readily available during moments of upset or anger.

Fun Variations of Dragon Breathing:

  • Raise and lower your arms like dragon wings as you breathe.
  • Add a roar on the exhale.
  • Partner up to create a flying dragon family and synch your breath together.
  • Combine dragon breathing with the breathing ball to encourage longer and deeper breathing.

Conscious breathing is powerful and can help us increase our energy, improve focus and concentration, calm anxiety, reduce stress and positively impact every system in our bodies. Tune in next Sunday as we share more breathing exercises!