10 Breathing Exercises for Strong Lungs and Stress Reduction

By Nidhi Singh

Relax and Revitalize

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Diaphragmatic Breathing

Take a deep breath through your nostrils, allowing your diaphragm to expand and filling your abdomen with air. Exhale gently through your mouth

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4-7-8 Breathing

Inhale through your nose for a count of 4, hold for 7 counts, and exhale through your mouth for 8 counts. Repeat for a few cycles.

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Alternate Nostril Breathing

Close one nostril with your thumb, inhale through the other nostril. Close the other nostril with your ring finger, and exhale through the first nostril. Repeat, alternating sides.

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Lion's Breath

Take a deep breath in through your nose, then open your mouth wide and exhale forcefully, making a "ha" sound while sticking out your tongue.

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Pursed Lip Breathing

Inhale slowly through your nose, then exhale through pursed lips as if blowing out a candle, making the exhale longer than the inhale.

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Coherent Breathing

Coherent breathing is also known as resonant breathing by breathing at a rate of five inhalations and exhalations in one minute.

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Humming Bee Breath

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and while exhaling, make a humming sound like a bee.

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Equal Breathing

Inhale and exhale through your nose for an equal count (e.g., 4 counts in, 4 counts out). This promotes balance and calmness.

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Breath Counting

Inhale, then count each exhale silently in your mind up to 10. Start again from 1. If your mind wanders, gently bring the focus back to counting.

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Sitali Breath

Also known as "Cooling Breath" or "Serpent Breath," is a yoga breathing technique that involves inhaling through a curled tongue or the space between the teeth.

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