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It’s no secret that stress levels are at an all-time high — that’s why methods to counteract stress and anxiety are a hot topic these days. Our special guest Mani Srinivasan says that most of us need breathing techniques more than we know. In today’s “always on” world, our bodies are in a perpetual state of sympathetic nervous system overload. In other words, we are stuck in fight-or-flight mode.

Mani joins us today to talk about the most accessible, free tool at our disposable to interrupt the stress
taking over our bodies and minds. That tool is our breath. And integrating simple, but powerful breathing techniques into our daily routines can make a huge difference in quality of life. Mani is the founder of BreatheFreeNow, an organization that inspires and educates diverse communities on understanding their breathing patterns and using breathing exercises to improve daily living.

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the Benefits of Breathing Exercises are for Everyone

As soon as we wake up in the morning, we begin thinking about the million things we have to do. As the day unfolds, we often find ourselves triggered (someone criticizes us at work, cuts us off in traffic or calls us with troubling news about our child). Our system goes into overload and we breathe shallowly. The way to counterbalance this is with deliberate “belly” breathing that engages our diaphragm. Within minutes, a suitable breathing practice can shift our biochemistry!

Essentially, BreatheFreeNow teaches how to use breathing as a healing and grounding mechanism. “Where tension goes, energy flows,” Mani says.

Tools for Better Breathing Whenever You Need Them

If you want to learn more about the benefits of deliberate breathing and workshops to put breathing techniques into practice, please visit his organization’s website, BreatheFreeNow, and follow them on Instagram @breathefreenow.

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