Breathing with Syd: Voo Breath

Our practice today is one of my favorites! It uses the breath and humming to tone our Vagus Nerve, meaning it sends vibrations all throughout our cores, signaling nerve endings to send signals of safety and centering.  It’s also awesome for gut issues. Trauma therapist Dr. Peter Levine, who also wrote the book Waking the Tiger developed this technique to help his clients. 

Find a private area to sit so as to not alarm anyone around you – you can feel silly at first but I have learned to love it!

Place a hand on the belly. Imagine a large foggy bay and a boat with light coming through. You’re going to want to make a sound like the fog horn on the boat. Inhale in and you’re going to make a sound of VOO and hold at the bottom then gently allow the breath to come back in. This is an important piece because it says to the nervous system that we are in control – not external circumstances. 

Repeat several times. Notice the vibrations moving from your belly to your chest, up to your throat and out of your mouth. Once you get the hang of it you can practice anywhere! Enjoy! 




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