Our natural unhindered breath is called the “Abdominal Breath”, “Belly Breathing” or “Diaphragmatic Breathing”. This simple breathing practice will help you learn how to breathe properly by maximizing the entire area of your lungs.
When we are stressed we tend to breathe shallowly which can causes problems like brain fog, numbness, lethargy, chest pain and digestive problems.
Belly breathing is a simple technique that employs slow, deep, even breathing while we encourage the belly to rise on the inhale. While first learning the breathe we have to make this deliberate, because we are so used to holding the belly in and tensing up all the time.
Diaphragmatic breathing has many benefits including increased oxygenation in the lungs (improves energy levels and quality of the blood); helps to release toxins ( improving digestion and bowel functioning); strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety; increases metabolism, and helps reduce asthma attacks.
Practice the Belly Breath
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor (legs can be stretched out if comfortable). Breathe slowly and deeply as you relax your belly and your mind and focus on your inhales and exhales.
Now, once you are relaxed, place you hands (or a bag of rice) just below your navel and as you inhale, expand your belly into your hands. On your exhale, gently draw your navel in toward your spine, or just let your belly relax while keeping your chest and rib cage quiet.
See if you can notice the pause at the top of the inhale and the bottom of the exhale (consistent awareness of these pauses will help you to learn the breath almost automatically).
Continue this practice for at least a few minutes (gradually increasing to 15 minutes per day) to learn how to breathe correctly.
By: Julie Shaw …….