Breathwork Technique: How to do the Triangle Breath
Using a counted breathwork technique can be a fantastic way to simplify your meditation practice or just get some much needed relief from a moment of stress.
The triangle breath is a popular practice that can be introduced to all ages because of it’s simplicity and familiar shape.
- Begin by taking a couple deep breaths in and out, through the nose. Notice the inhale and exhale portions of the breath.
- Start assigning counts to your inhale and exhale (3 counts in, 3 counts out). The breath (and the counts) shouldn’t feel rushed. The 3 counts should be slow enough to draw in a deep breath.
- Now, add in the breath retention (holding the breath), for 3 counts, between the inhale and exhale. So the pattern goes: 3 count inhale, 3 count hold, 3 count exhale, repeat. (The graphic above is a visual of the pattern.)
- Practice this cycle a few times through with the eyes closed, in a comfortable position.
- When done, allow the breath to return to a natural cadence before opening the eyes again.
- How did this technique make you feel physically? Mentally?
Breathwork can be a simple and effective addition to your meditation and stress management practice.
If you would prefer a guided audio experience for this technique, tune in to the Dalai Mama Podcast episode #8: Breathwork: Triangle Breath!