Breath of Joy is an energizing yoga breathing exercise (pranayama) and kriya (cleansing practice) that calms and focuses the mind. Breath of Joy helps:
- manage symptoms of depression
- counter shallow upper-chest breathing
- energize the body
- release tension
MECHANISM OF ACTION Breath of Joy stimulates the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) with strong inhalations and arm movements to help increase oxygen levels in the bloodstream; release tension; activate the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) to allow the mind to become calm and focused. Balances energy and feelings of peace.
Breath of Joy counters shallow upper-chest breathing commonly seen in depression and anxiety by breathing into all parts of the lungs from the bottom up. Breath of Joy blows away the dull, sluggishness & lethargy of depression from the mind and leaves in it’s wake sense of clarity.
INDICATIONS & USAGE Practice Breath of Joy p.r.n. (as needed) to increase energy. Helpful for individuals with anxiety and depression. If you have depression and you are finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning, practice a few rounds bedside to get your day started.
DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION Practice 10 rounds of Breath of Joy. Best time to practice is in the morning after waking or midday.
CONTRAINDICATIONS Do not practice Breath of Joy if you have untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure or have an eye condition like glaucoma.
- If you feel lightheaded after the first round, stop and return to your natural breath.
- Try not to force or strain the body or breath. Focus on fluid movements along with the rhythm of the breath.
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