How to Breathe ?
As humans, we take thousands of breaths per day. Most of us don’t know how to breathe.
You might want to ask yourself : Are the quality of those breaths any good? If you’re in doubt, this article is for you.
With a little practice, proper breathing will become second nature, and it will improve your mental and physical health.
Inhalation (active movement)
- Diaphragm goes down
- Abdomen swells
- At the end, the chest could also swell
- Air is pulled into the lungs
Exhalation (passive movement)
- Diaphragm goes back to its initial position without contraction
- The chest pulls back slightly
- The abdomen slides back and up to rest
- Air is forced out
Belly Breathing Exercise
It’s easy to do and very relaxing. Try this basic exercise anytime you need to relax or relieve stress.
- Sit or lie flat in a comfortable position.
- Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out.
- Your chest should not move.
- Breathe out through pursed lips as if you were whistling.
- Feel the hand on your belly go in, and use it to push all the air out.
- Do this breathing 3 to 10 times.
- Take your time with each breath.
- Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.
Amazing Benefits when you know How to Breathe
Helps detoxify the body
70% of the body’s toxins are released through breathing
Breathing Relaxes the Mind/Body and Brings Clarity
Oxygenation of the brain reducing excessive anxiety levels and eases ‘foggy headedness’
Breathing Improves Posture
Good breathing techniques over a sustained period of time will encourage good posture
Breathing Improves the Nervous System
The brain, spinal cord and nerves receive increased oxygenation and are more nourished.