Are you Breathing?

Would you say that breathing is important to health? Did you know that your body can only survive about 4 minutes without oxygen, it’s the most important fundamental part of life. Deep breathing exercises daily should be at the top of your to-do list! Professional athletes and musicians invest heavily in learning proper breathing techniques for optimal performance. When we are not getting the adequate amount of oxygen, it can affect all the systems in our bodies.

For today and the next 10, 30 or 60 years make time to….Breath. Here’s how.

Breathing

As we get older, life scares us, or we become afraid of things, we stop breathing down into our belly and the breath lodges itself in our upper chest. If you ever watch a scary movie, you know what I mean.

It’s essential that we learn to breath properly while we are here in this world. Otherwise our days may pass us filled with fear and stress and without clarity of mind. Fear causes us to take quick shallow breaths into the top portion of our chest. Try this simple exercise, it may take up to 6 months to release bad breathing habits.

Take a deep breath and notice where your breath goes. It is filling up in your chest is it sitting high up in your throat? Or is it relaxing down into your lower abdomen? Take another deep breath and get clear on where your breath is.

Now, place your hands onto your belly (lower abdomen) and focus on drawing your breath down into that area of your body. Apply a little pressure on your belly to see if the inhale can push your hands away from your body as you draw in your breath.

You may find that your breath naturally wants to stay up in your chest, that’s the bad habit. Retraining your body to draw in breaths properly is going to take some time.

Start by taking three simple belly breaths. Breath in and feel the breath coming in through the nose and into the body, filling up the belly first, then rising up through the area above the abdomen, then into the chest. Breath out, contracting your belly on the exhale, releasing all the air.

Take another breath in through your nose, feel the belly filling, then naturally expanding above the belly, then breath up through the chest. Breath out, exhaling fully, contracting the belly as the breath exits the body.

One more, fill up your belly, expanding above your abdomen and then into your chest.  Breathe out, contracting your belly and relax.

If you don’t get this right at first, that’s ok. It can take months to master. Be patient and work on this every day. Patience is the key to understanding and healing the body on a deeper level.

Ready for another round?

Breath in and feel the breath coming in through the nose and into the body, filling up the belly first, then rising up through the area above the abdomen, then into the chest. Breath out, contracting your belly on the exhale, releasing all the air.

Take another breath in through your nose, feel the belly filling, then naturally expanding above the belly, then breath up through the chest. Breath out, exhaling fully, contracting the belly as the breath exits the body.


Be patient and work on this every day. Patience is the key to understanding and healing the body on a deeper level. Set your alarm and wake up 10 minutes early and practice, leave for work 10 minutes early and practice in the car before going in, practice when standing in line at the store, when in a meeting at work. Proper breathing will relax you, especially your brain and your nervous system and lower stress levels.  

One more…

Breath in and feel the breath coming in through the nose and into the body, filling up the belly first, then rising up through the area above the abdomen, then into the chest. Breath out, contracting your belly on the exhale, releasing all the air.

Take another breath in through your nose, feel the belly filling, then naturally expanding above the belly, then breath up through the chest. Breath out, exhaling fully, contracting the belly as the breath exits the body.


Your challenge is to make room into your daily schedule for breathing. You can do this!

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