15 Seconds of Energy Boost, as Effective as Cup of Coffee

  • 29 April, 2019
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  • By Aleksandra Cichuta

Next time you feel low in energy, instead of reaching for an energy drink, try the Stimulating Breath.

This type of breathing is taken from yogic breathing techniques and is also called the Bellow Breath. Its aim is to increase vital energy and to sharpen alertness.

The Technique

Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.

Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.

Do not do it for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.


If done properly, you feel invigorated, comparable to the heightened awareness you feel after a good workout. You feel the effort at the back of the neck, the diaphragm, the chest and the abdomen.

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