Music and Breath to Calm the Mind

Staying at home to keep healthy is our current reality in many parts of our country and throughout the world today. This can be stressful, but those who have children cooped up at home may feel a more profound effect of this. Here in some Southern California Inland Empire classrooms, teachers and students have experienced the calming effects of listening to classical music and breathing exercises. Families can experience these same effects by simply listening to classical music along with the breathing exercises to create a loving, peaceful, and calming environment in your own home.

To help you get started, we have provided some of our favorite classical songs:

1. Greensleeves , which is a traditional English song, with its recorded history dates from 1580. The composition has been attributed to Henry VIII.

2. Mèditation from Thaìs – a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaìs, composed in 1894 by Jules Massenet.

3. Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C Sharp Minor – a composition written by Johann Sebastian Bach in the 1700s.

4. Somewhere in Time – music composed by John Barry and is known from the 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Story is based on the novel Bid Time Return, by Richard Matheson.

5. Pavane for Cello and Piano in F Sharp Minor from French composer, Gabriel Faurè, written in 1887.

6. Ave maria, D. 839, Op. 52, No.6 composed by Franz Schubert in 1825.

For continuous play you could always stream classical music by visiting Classic FM or KUSC

Breathing exercises, known as pranayama in yoga, include specific techniques to calm or energize. Slow and mindful deep breathing can immediately create a calmer state. A technique in Pranic Healing, called Pranic Breathing, can help to clear and refresh your mind whenever you are feeling low in energy or when there is a feeling of stress. For more information and directions on this technique, please visit our Pranic Healing website:

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