Have you heard?
Breathing through your nose is an extremely important skill to maintain.
According to Healthline, nasal breathing's benefits include:
Whereas, mouth breathing can create awful side effects. Again, according to Healthline, some of the mouth breathing's harmful side effects include:
Honestly, both lists could go on and on ... I suspect you get the idea.
But, what if you can't breathe through your nose?
Sometimes people can suffer from a deviated septum and nasal congestion. And how do you know which is which?
Shall I show you two techniques that may help?
Sit up tall in a place where you won't be disturbed.
Inhale through your nose, exhale through your nose, hold the exhale, and pinch your nose.
Gently sway left to right.
Repeat the swaying motion until you feel an urge to breathe.
When you feel the urge to breathe, come back to your starting position, release your nose, and breathe normally.
You'll need to repeat this several times until your nasal passages decongest.
One of the reasons this technique works is because you're creating and storing nitric oxide in your nasal cavities. Nitric oxide helps open your nasal passages (among other positive things), so when you inhale after your breath hold, you take in a naturally occurring decongestant.
The second technique ...
It is as it sounds, just hum.
Find a place where you will not be disturbed.
Sit up tall.
Inhale through your nose and while you exhale, hum.
You can hum whenever or where ever you like until you feel relief from your clogged nose.
Do you remember the positive effects of nitric oxide? According to a study in 2002, humming increases nitric oxide production 15-fold.
Either way, be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider to make sure these suggestions are safe for you.
If you want to take your nasal breathing to the next level, be sure to check out SOMA Breath's program called SOMA BreathFIT.
Here's how it works: Every day for eleven days, you’ll get a video with performance hacks or habits that will help you to eliminate lethargy, tiredness, “brain fog”, excess weight, or other physical health challenges holding back your peak performance and full potential.
Everything is covered from correcting your breathing to nutrition recommendations ... all in an easy-to-follow format.
It can be frustrating to feel like you're missing out on the incredible benefits of nasal breathing if your nose is always clogged.
It's normal to feel that way.
Now, you've got two simple exercises -backed by science- that may finally unlock your nasal passages and your potential.
Grab your phone and set up a reminder to practice your new breathwork techniques throughout your day.
And if you want to go deeper, check out SOMA BreathFIT.
You've got this!
PS: If you want to see what all the hub-bub is about when it comes to SOMA's amazing dynamic breathwork meditations, click here. Be sure to read the entire page ;)