Janid Ortiz, director of partnership marketing at Discover Puerto Rico and certified yoga teacher, knows the power of a deep breath.
“I turned to breathing techniques as a teenager to cope with panic and anxiety,” she said. “After all these years, I find it is still the most powerful tool to quiet the mind, reduce stress, and focus on the now. Mindful breathing can help anyone achieve incredible health benefits, from lowering your heart rate and blood pressure to reducing depression and managing chronic pain. It’s the most important component of any yoga and/or meditation practice — and it’s available to us anytime, anywhere!”
After Discover Puerto Rico hosted several live yoga classes in June, the positive response prompted the launch of a follow-up virtual series. The pre-recorded sessions — which take participants through short guided breathwork, meditation, and yoga practices — can be easily worked into any virtual meeting program. And regardless of how and where groups are meeting, pausing to recenter offers a plethora of benefits. Study after study shows that deep breathing techniques help to alleviate stress and promote focus, among other benefits. Visit discoverpuertorico.com for more ideas on activities to incorporate into your next meeting program in Puerto Rico.