I always start my day with a pranayama, a breathing exercise, even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes. I also turn to this practice when I’m experiencing bad pelvic pain. When we’re in pain we don’t breath properly and often we’re not even aware of it. By tuning into your breathing and taking deeper, fuller breaths you can relax the nervous system which in turn helps us cope with pain.

There are several breathing techniques that can be used, but a good one to start with is Samavritti breathing. It’s also a good technique when you’re stressed, anxious or upset. Samavritti is very calming and balancing for the body and focuses the mind helping to remove distractions and so making it easier to concentrate. It’s also great because you can practise it anywhere without people noticing!

Below is a short video explaining Samavritti.