Straw Breathing For Meditation: Mantra Breathing
Benefit. According to a study in the Journal of Neurophysiology, “paying attention to our breath may activate regions of our brain associated with emotion, attention and awareness.”
Technique. Mantra Breathing.
Uses. To quiet and focus your mind on a positive trigger word such as “love”, “relaxation” or “healing”.
Step 1. Place straw between closed flat lips.
Step 2. Inhale deeply through the nose while thinking of a positive trigger word.
Step 3. Gently exhale through straw while continuously thinking the trigger word until lungs are empty.
Step 4. Repeat this breathing cycle everyday.
TIP. Other terms for “trigger word” can be “intention” or “mantra”. Use only positive words or phrases.
TIP. Refocus any wandering thoughts by constantly repeating and returning to your trigger word.