Pitta body-mind types generally best release stress through aerobics and cardio. But regular aerobic activity can place an unhealthy strain on the muscles and joints – especially in increasing temperatures. We recommend alternating (and/or supplementing) aerobics with a deep breathing routine that will soothe stressed, restless nerves.
– Find a cool and quiet spot to sit or recline.
– Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose for a full count of 10. When inhaling, your stomach and abdomen should expand, but your chest should not rise.
– Exhale through the nose, slowly and deeply, for a full count of 10. Concentrate on your breathing and the movements of your stomach and abdomen.
– Repeat inhale-exhale cycle 5-10 times.
Note: Deep breathing proves most effective for stress release when practiced regularly. Find time in your day for at least five inhale-exhale repetitions, even on days when you do not feel affected by stress.