This breath practice is adapted from Kundalini Yoga and is a variant of sitali pranayama. Many Yogis believe this practice may help with issues related to the effects of stress, calm anxiety, help mitigate unhelpful cravings and help you in attempting to quit smoking.
*Sit in a comfortable position, either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair, spine straight, the shoulders relaxed and the chest open.
*Rest the hands on the knees with the palms facing up. Lightly touch the index finger to the thumb.
*Relax the face, jaw, and belly. Allow the eyes to lightly close.
*Softly pucker your lips and inhale through the puckered lips, exhale through the nose. You can breathe in to the count of 4, exhale to the count of 8. If that is too challenging do in a relaxed way you can breathe in and out to a count of 4. Continue for 2-4 minutes or 26 rounds.
*Take time to gently stretch and ground yourself afterward as need as you transition to your day.
***This is presented for educational purposes. Please remain aware that when practicing any Yoga or meditation techniques you accept responsibility for all you do and understand the need to work in accordance with your medical needs and limitations. Read the website [disclaimer] for more information. I encourage you to seek out instruction and guidance from a teacher as you need answer any questions and to ensure the most positive outcome of this and any practice.