3-Minute Mindfulness Practice - "In-In-In Breathing"
"In-In-In Breathing" is a mindful breathing practice that can help us calm our stress response by mimicking a physiological sigh--that is, taking multiple quick inhalations before exhaling. The physiological sigh is something that occurs naturally during sleep, or in situations of stress, such as sobbing. This can help us expand our lungs completely, reduce our CO2, and quickly bring our level of tension or excitement back down to normal.
After practicing In-In-In Breathing, visit this article from Aspen Brain Institute to learn more, or read about The Science of a Sigh from the University of Alberta.
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