Techniques for good breathing

By Rania Watts

As someone who took singing classes for a very long time, I am a little too aware of breathing techniques, as they were something that were instilled inside me from a young age. 

These are some techniques now that I learned through singing, but also through grounding exercises whilst volunteering at DRCC [Durham Rape Crisis centre]. 

One of the first things that I learned in singing class was breathing. The purpose of box breathing is to regulate your breathing and keep control within a certain amount of seconds – where you are required to inhale, hold, exhale. 

Box breathing requires you to inhale for five seconds, hold for five seconds and exhale for five seconds. The easiest way to count is: inhale 2345, hold 2345, exhale 2345. 

I would recommend if you’re feeling very anxious, to do this in cycles of five – until you’re feeling a little bit more calm.  Below is an article on Healthline which breaks down various types of breathing. 

Any personal opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author Rania Watts and not the Practitioner advertised in this website or social media.,to%20calm%20down%20and%20relax

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