Strengthening our lungs and practicing conscious breathing (one of the most potent, accessible wellness tools) is more critical now.

Controlled or mindful breathing can reduce chronic painlessen symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, mass disasters and depression; and positively affect your immune system. Mindful breathing is also linked to increases in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a better cortisol awaking response (CAR)—each a physiological key for meeting challenges with greater resilience.

We usually breathe on autopilot, but The Wellness Moonshot Calendar for April helps you explore different conscious breathing practices, including calming “4 x 8 breath,” “breath of alignment,” and “heart-centered breath.” Or try Shaolin Qi Gong breath exercises designed to keep your lungs strong.


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