Body/Mind Perspective: Chest to Belly Breathing

Posted on March 13, 2011 by

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Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and the feet on the floor at hip width and relax. Inhale through your nose while expanding the abdomen, and then the ribs, and finally the chest. Pause and hold your breath for a couple of seconds. Exhale through your nose while releasing chest and shoulder muscles, gently and continuously contracting or drawing the abdomen in. Pause again with your breath out for a couple of seconds. Repeat.

In this belly to chest breathing you exercise the chest and diaphragm muscles, as well as your lungs, and your body is treated to an abundance of oxygen. Your cells will be humming with energy and your brain will be grateful for the extra boost.  Belly to chest breathing is also very calming and relaxing; it allows us to get out fight or flight chest breathing.   At first it is easier to learn lying down but you can use belly to chest breathing while seated, walking, or throughout your daily routine. Enjoy!!