How to destress – the breathing technique this Instagram yoga star wants you to know

Maude Hirst

Our new One Minute Mindfulness series with Vikings actress and yoga teacher Maude Hirst, founder of Energy Rise, shows you how to destress in three simple steps

According to a recent study by Mental Health Foundation, nearly 74 per cent of participants had at some point felt so overwhelmed, they were unable to cope with the stress they were under.

Despite most of us knowing we’re stressed, taking measures to combat it often feels like more work than simply complaining about it. However, breathing is something we do unconsciously in every waking moment of our lives and when approached with mindfulness, it can help us manage stress better.

Psychiatrists in New York have found coherent breathing to be beneficial for mental health. In fact, as shown by this study, the breathing technique has effectively been utilized for survivors of genocides, earthquakes, tsunamis and various other global disasters.

With research pointing towards the positive impact of breathing techniques, trying coherence breath work could help manage stress levels and bring you into a state of zen.  Watch the video above to see how:

Coherent breathing technique in 3 simple steps

1) Close your eyes, bringing awareness to your breathing

2) Start to count to six on your inhales

3) Count 6 seconds on your exhales

Continue like this for 10 minutes.

Maude Hirst is a born and bred East Londoner, best known for her role as Helga in the hit TV show ‘Vikings. She is an actor turned mindfulness teacher on a mission to create a bespoke path into mindfulness for you. Discovering yoga and meditation has totally changed her life for the better and she believes it can do the same for you.

Following a traumatic breakup a few years ago, Maude has been on an extraordinary journey of healing and training – discovering the power of mindfulness. Practices that help you switch your awareness from the external world, to your internal world, discovering strategies to rebuild your life in a healthy, conscious way.

Maude is trained in yoga, meditation, intuitive movement meditation, Theta Healing and Reiki and has created her company EnergyRise (www.energyrise.co.uk ) to bring you an array of mindfulness practices in order to cater to your individual needs.

At a time where there is more stress and anxiety in the world than ever before, Maude believes mindfulness is the key to bringing some calm and clarity to your life through simple practices. Empowering you to listen to what truly makes you happy and who you truly are.

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