1. Deep Breathing Meditation
You can practice deep breathing for just a few minutes or for as long as an hour – listen to your body and enjoy the relaxation!
Start out sitting in a comfortable position. It could be cross-legged on the floor, like in the photo above, or you can sit in a comfortable chair or lean up against a wall to support your back. Place your thumb and pointer fingers together gently, with your palms facing up, and start out by taking a few deep breaths, taking your time on the inhale and exhale.
Now, bring your awareness to your diaphragm, and hold the next inhale for a slow count of four. Exhale for a count of eight, hold your breath out for another slow count of eight, and then repeat this deep breathing pattern a few times.
Once you’re feeling relaxed, try to clear your head and focus on your deep inhalations and exhalations. If a thought does enter your mind, don’t worry! Just let it pass through on the wave of your breath. Sit and breathe until you’re ready to move on to the next posture.
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