- Nadi shodhana, or alternate nostril breathing, is an exercise usually practiced during yoga. This exercise makes use of only one nostril at a time and it implies inhaling on one nostril, exhaling on the other and then reversing the order. While doing the exercise, you should stay seated, maintaining a correct posture.
- Lion’s breath is also a breathing exercise practiced during yoga. It can be practiced while sitting in a chair or on a mat, with the hands placed on your knees or on the floor. This exercise implies inhaling through the nose and powerfully exhaling through the mouth, with your tongue sticking out.
- The 4-4-4 breathing, or box breathing, is practiced by inhaling, holding your breath and then exhaling, all on the count of four.
- The 4-7-8 breathing is a technique similar with previous one, but you inhale on the count of four, hold your breath on the count of 7 and exhale on the count of 8.
- Pursed-lip breathing implies exactly what its name says. You have to breathe in through the nose, and exhale through your purse lips.
- Belly breathing involves a very conscious technique, that engages the stomach, abdomen and diaphragm to take deep breaths.
- Resonance breathing is a type of slow, deep breathing, practiced lying down, with the eyes closed. The purpose of this exercise is to achieve a state of conscious breathing, while paying attention to your heart rhythm.
- Prolonged exhaling is a breathing exercise that implies exhaling for a longer time than the inhale.
- Teddy bear breathing is a variation of belly breathing, that actually adds a teddy bear to the equation and can be used especially for children.