For an extended practice, let’s do a type of breath practice known as Conqueror Breath, also known as Ujjayi breath in yoga practice.
For this practice, follow these steps.
Take a comfortable seat and close your eyes or take a soft gaze.
As you breathe in and out, focus on the air traveling across the back of your throat as it passes in and out.
Inhale through your nose and exhale slowly out of your wide-open mouth, feeling that sensation as the breath passes over the back of your throat.
As the breath leaves your mouth, you should make a long “Haaa” sound.
Continue breathing in this way for several more breaths until you feel comfortable with the sensation of the breath passing across the back of your throat.
When you’re comfortable, you can close your mouth but continue to breathe in this way which should create a soft hissing sound.
Breathing in this way is a great way to focus your attention on your breath (and keep your mind from wandering), it also helps slow your breath down, and with the feedback you get from the sound your breath makes as it goes in and out, you’re better able to regulate the evenness of your breathing. Start with 3-5 minutes of practice and you gradually work up to 8-10 minutes.