Think about it - the nose is designed for breathing and the mouth is designed for eating, drinking and speaking! Your first challenge is to use only your nose for breathing, both in and out, all the time.
The nose isn’t just the part you can see, there is a huge area behind it that acts as a super-efficient air-cleaning machine. This protects your lungs by:
Filtering out dust, pollens, and allergens
Humidifying the air to keep your lungs healthy and moist
Warming the air to prevent cold air irritating your airways
Sterilizing the air to kill bacteria and viruses
Choose the right place - Breathwork exercises require focused concentration. Ideally you need somewhere quiet, with no distractions such as TV, music, mobile phones and pets. Make yourself comfortable, it is much easier to relax if the room is warm enough and you are wearing loose, comfortable clothes.
Stick to a routine - Choosing set times is great for regular practice and other people in your house will also get to know when you want to be by yourself.
Master the Practices
Most of the breathing exercises appear simple and easy, but they can actually be quite tricky to master, so don’t be tempted to jump ahead or rush through to the end.
Think about what you want to achieve - Setting one or two realistic goals can help to keep you committed.
In your first week of practice, try to stick to the program as closely as possible. The first week establishes important elements such as awareness of posture and relaxation, making the new exercises learned in the second week easier to master.