Y4PS Module 3: Breathing Practices | Final ThoughtsJul 05, 2023
Final Thoughts on Module 3: Breath Practices
I hope you enjoyed learning about how breath practices can interrupt the stress cycle to help bring your nervous system back into balance, especially right before you go on stage.
One of the most important things for any speaker is to practice your presentation beforehand. In the days and weeks before your presentation, find 10-15 minutes a day to practice and experiment with one or two of the breath techniques you learned in this module, so that they become more natural and accessible to you. As you sample these practices, you'll observe, reflect, and discover which ones provide you with the best ability to "put on the brakes" when needed. Consider these five breath practices as an integral part of your speaking toolkit and have them ready to reach for when needed.
To recap, Module 3, Breath Practices showed you:
How breath practices can interrupt the stress cycle to help bring your nervous system back into balance, especially right before you go on stage
How to perform five simple yogic breath techniques (pranayama) that can build resilience and bring immediate relief
- Coherent Breath where you counted four counts in and four counts out.
- Coherent Breath with an Extended Exhale, extending the exhale by account or two to downshift your nervous system.
- Dirga Pranayama, the three part breath focusing on inhaling from our belly to our ribs to our collarbones and exhaling in reverse.
- Dirga Pranayama with the Ujjayi sound, the ocean sounding breath by adding in the sound of the ocean by gently constricting our throats.
- Finally, we studied the Physiological Sigh, which is probably the single most immediate shift you can make in your nervous system in case of emergency.
Click the image below to download the free PDF workbook for the module 3 breathwork.