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07/17/2014 01:10 pm ET Updated Sep 16, 2014

Acupuncture and Deep Breathing

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I started doing acupuncture last year when I got out of the hospital in April 2013. So it's been over a year. I must say I really love it. I was looking to balance out my use of Western psychiatric medication with more holistic practices. My acupuncturist has treated my mania, depression, allergies, headache, and weight loss. I've actually found the acupuncture to be way more effective than the mood stabilizers I'm on. But the catch is that the results don't last as long.

I've tried to get into yoga, because I know that also would be good for health and wellness. But it hasn't stuck yet. I did have one yoga instructor I loved when I was in the hospital last year. But I haven't found another teacher that I've "clicked" with.

In addition to the acupuncture, my acupuncturist has suggested I do yoga poses and deep breathing. She's told me that if I can get my breath down to my gut than my mania isn't that high.

What holistic practices have you tried? What works for your wellness goals?

Here are some yoga poses that she said are good for me:

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Child's pose.

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Bull's pose.

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Yoga Mudra pose.

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Notes from my acupuncturist on how to breathe deeply.

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