Yoga & Meditation

Relaxation Techniques with Deep Breathing Exercises


Relaxation & Breathing Exercise to Reduce Stress 

To get benefit of any exercise we must know how to reduce stress or learn mind relaxation first, before the Yoga practice & between the individual exercises. So some relaxation techniques and Breathing Exercises are introduced. Many techniques relax the whole body and also lead to stress management, others aim at particular parts of the body. In time you will be able to judge which relaxation position is most suitable for you after each exercise.

Relaxation Techniques

Instant Relaxation Technique (IRT)

Quick Relaxation Technique (QRT)

Deep Relaxation Technique (DRT)

These forms of relaxation techniques are part of the yoga practices which are done at the beginning, middle and at the end of the practice. Instant Relaxation Technique (IRT) is usually done at the beginning, Quick Relaxation Technique (QRT) is done after the standing yoga poses practice and Deep Relaxation Technique (DRT) is done at the end of the yoga practice.

Deep Breathing Exercises

Starting Position:

Lie on the back


on the whole body and breath


breathe normally


2-5 minutes


Lie comfortably on the back. The feet fall loosely outwards. The arms lie relaxed beside the body, the palms face up. If necessary place a pillow under the head and knees to ensure the neck and lower back are comfortable. Close the eyes and relax the eyelids. Feel the whole body, from the toes to the head. It reduce stress and slowly enhance mind relaxation.

Breathing Exercise A : 

Direct the attention to the natural flow of the breath.

  • Inhaling, guide the breath awareness from the navel to the throat.
  • Exhaling, guide the breath awareness from the throat to the navel.

Feel the unity of body and breath.

  • Observe with the inhalation how the abdomen rises and the chest expands sideways.
  • Observe with the exhalation how the abdomen and chest contract.
  • Observe with each deep breath the deepening relaxation of the body.

Breathing Exercise B:

Keeping the arm straight, raise the right arm a few centimeters from the floor (no higher!). Hold the arm in this position for a short time. Passively allow the arm to sink to the floor by its own weight and then compare the previous state of stress with the present relaxation.

Repeat the exercise 3-5 times with each arm.

Practice the same exercise with the legs.

Then take a deep breath and with the exhalation allow the body to relax, continuing to relax more deeply with each exhalation.

Breathing Exercise C:

Inhale and exhale deeply 3 times. Inhaling form a fist with the right hand with the thumb inside.

  • Press the entire arm onto the floor.
  • Briefly hold the stress and the breath.
  • Exhaling open the fist and slowly release the stress again.
  • Repeat this exercise 3 times and then perform 3 times with the left arm.

Inhaling point the tips of the toes of the right foot upwards, tense the toes and press the back of the knee into the floor.

  • Briefly hold the stress and the breath.
  • Exhaling relax the toes and slowly release the stress again.
  • Repeat this exercise 3 times and then perform 3 times with the left leg.

Inhaling press arms, neck, shoulders, back, buttocks and legs into the floor.

  • Tense all the muscles of the face.
  • Briefly hold the stress and the breath.
  • Exhaling slowly release the stress.
  • Repeat this exercise 3 times.

Afterwards, inhale and exhale deeply a few times and feel the pleasant relaxation of the whole body.