“Up and Down Breath”

Brought to you by CHYP’s Parenting Blog

September 20th, 2021

By: Eileen Yager, MD

“Up and Down Breath” is a quick way to relieve tension and “clear the mental circuits.” For the first breath only, blow out stale air through mouth. Then through the nose, inhale fully. Hold your breath for count of 3. Then exhale through the nose fully and hold your breath at bottom for count of 3. Repeat 2-4 times.

This is a good practice to clear the circuits before starting a new task, like responding to a child’s stress, or starting a computer task.

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I am Dr. Eileen Yager, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I run the Integrative Pain Management Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado for kids mostly with chronic pain. In 1990 I was on the founding faculty of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Center, and Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer was my boss then!