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Episode 14

Using Breathing Techniques to Heal Yourself When Sick

Alyse Speyer published on

When we are sick, it's simply hard to do anything at all. Fortunately, there are some simple breathing techniques that we can practice while healthy and while sick. Sometimes getting sick is the body's natural way of cleansing itself. We push ourselves quite a lot with all the pressures of daily life, and sometimes we just need a break. Our bodies will take that break even if they have to force us to take one!

While going through a deep cleanse of mind, body, and soul, I got a bit sick and needed more rest. Fortunately, I have these breathing techniques in my toolkit, and they really did wonders in helping me heal faster and more comfortably. These simple breath techniques allow for the flow of prana, life energy or life force, to guide our naturally intuitive immune systems to heal ourselves naturally. This is especially great for when you have a cold or a flu or even feel something coming on and don't necessarily know what it is. They help tell your body that you are in control and that you can handle anything, just stay the course cells! You got this! 

The first breathing technique is called the Cleansing Breath. And here's the step by step breakdown of how you can do it:

Step 1: Breathe in through the nose.

Step 2: Hold for one count.

Step 3: Puff out the cheeks and make a small circle with your lips, like you're blowing air out of a tiny straw.

Step 4: Exhale forcefully in short intervals until you've exhaled out all of the air.

Step 5: Hold for one count.

Repeat this exercise 3-5 times as needed.

This is really great for calming down the nervous system and also releasing any stuck toxins that are in the body from the illness you have. When we exhale, we release a lot of carbon and waste material (even fat cells!) in the form of air, so exhaling like this can be very cleansing for the body and allow for more prana and energy to flow through it.

The second breathing technique is called Ujayii Breath, also known as victorious breath. This breath has a loud, audible sound like the ocean and Darth Vader. It's a great technique to calm down anger, to redirect energy in the body, and to regulate the body and the mind.

Step 1: Gently constrict the back of the throat as you inhale. Make sure the sound of your breath is loud and even.

Step 2: Breathe in for 4 counts.

Step 3: Hold for two counts.

Step 4: Breathe out for 4 counts. Make sure that you are regulating the breath with that same audible sound, as if you are fogging up a mirror but with your lips sealed.

Repeat 3-5 times.

Hope you enjoyed these breath techniques, a gentle and natural healing method. This really worked wonders for me over the weekend.

Happy self healing! 

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