In this episode, Certified Bates Method Teacher, Nathan Oxenfeld teaches you a strategy to reduce stress, anxiety, and worry, and increase relaxation, clarity, and focus. This breathing technique, often called "Box Breathing" involves inhaling for 4 seconds, holding for 4 seconds, exhaling for 4 seconds, holding for 4 seconds, and repeating. With practice, the number of seconds can be gradually increased to 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, etc. It is recommended to do this breathing practice while sitting down or lying down in a safe and comfortable place. As a yoga teacher, Nathan utilizes breathing practices and yogic pranayamas on a regular basis to manage stress - even when it is good stress. This is a fast and simple way to switch from the sympathetic "fight, flight, freeze" nervous system to the parasympathetic "rest, digest, relax" nervous system.
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