Try this breathwork technique: Sniff. Sniff. Ahhhhh.

I’m switching to another type of breathwork when I start my daily Biodynamic Meditation.

Brand new research published in the prestigious journal Cell shows that 5 minutes of cyclic sighing is more effective at improving mood and reducing anxiety than 20 minutes of mindfulness meditation.

Cyclic sighing, also called the physiological sigh, was first brought to public attention by the Huberman Lab podcast from the Stanford University neurobiology lab.

To do cyclic sighing, you inhale quickly and then inhale quickly again to fill your lungs, and then exhale slowly. Repeat.

It’s like this: Sniff. Sniff. Ahhhhhhhh.

As I understand it, the double inhalation displaces more carbon dioxide from your lungs.

And, as ancient yogis knew and modern science verifies, a longer exhalation is calming.

After doing it 7 times this morning, stillness was more quickly available.

I also noticed all.the.sounds coming in my ears: a woodpecker nearby, distant traffic, birds chirping, dogs barking, roosters crowing.

I sensed the Tide moving up and down in my central channel, then healing energy settling in my pelvis, first at my sit bones, then at my sacrum.

When I give a Craniosacral Biodynamics session, I start with a brief induction inviting my client to let their body sink into the table, feeling the sensations of being held and supported.

I’m going to add cyclic sighing.

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