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Looking for a way to reduce stress? Try this one minute breathing technique

Stress can take its toll on the body in several ways. Vikings actress and yoga teacher Maude Hirst, founder of Energy Rise  shows us natural breathing and finding a balanced state

Take a quick moment out of your day to follow this breathing technique and feel the tension lift from your shoulders.

Stress often goes hand in hand with life. But being in a constant state of stress can take a toll on our body and mind. Stress can suppress your immune system, mess with your digestive systems and can even increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

When we are anxious we breath in our upper lungs with shallow, rapid breaths this is why you may experince a shortness of breath.

Natual breathing slows down your breathing rate and stimulates the ‘calming response.’  By breathing mindfully using your lower lungs you are able to calm your body and mind.

So whether you are standing up or sitting down comfortably take a quick minute out of your day to destress by clearing your mind and breathing deep.

Maude HirstMaude 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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