Recharge

This exercise, also known as box breathing, is famously used by the Navy SEALs to create a calm and focused mind with a balanced and energized physical state. Great for increasing concentration, balance, energy, and performance.

Mechanics: Breathe slowly into your lower abdomen on the inhale. Your stomach should expand on the inhale and contract on the exhale. Try keeping your chest and shoulders as still as possible while you breathe. __WARNING__ *For your safety, we recommend practicing breathwork while sitting or lying down. If you feel lightheaded, please stop immediately. Do not practice while driving or in water.*

Using the Recharge breath

Science

Intentional deep breathing calms and regulates the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The slow holding of breath allows CO2 to build up in the blood. An increased blood CO2 enhances the cardio-inhibitory response of the vagus nerve when you exhale and stimulates your parasympathetic system. This produces a calm and relaxed feeling in the mind and body. Increased levels of CO2 also helps facilitate the release of oxygen in your cells.
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