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Do you ever think about breathing?

November 29, 2008

Do you ever think about breathing?  Relaxation and Diaphragmatic Breathing

Learning to breathe deeply and fully during class has made such a difference in the way I do my forms. The slow, full, deep in and out breathing paces my moves and fills me with oxygen.

Diaphragmatic Breathing is a dynamic breathing exercise that is both simple and complex. Regular practice expands lung capacity, which, in turn, slows down unconscious breathing and makes it smoother and more regular. In addition, Diaphragmatic Breathing maximizes oxygen intake and enables oxygen-rich blood to flow to the extremities. It also cleans and invigorates the lungs.

In the beginning it is best if Diaphragmatic Breathing is practiced from a lying-down posture .

The procedure is very simple and effective:

    • Find a quiet place where you know you will not be disturbed.
    • Lie down on a flat firm surface on your back and put your right hand on your diaphragm (just below the belly button).
    • Raise the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, just behind your teeth, mouth closed.
    • Close your eyes and breathe through your nose.
    • Put your left hand on your upper chest. You should feel no movement here. The breathing should come from your diaphragm and your right hand will gently rise and fall.
    • Notice the feeling and how it differs from chest breathing.
    • Consciously breathe through your nose, keeping your mouth closed. Feel the rising and falling of your diaphragm.
    • When you become used to breathing into your diaphragm, bring your attention to the flow of your breath. Just notice the flow. Is it smooth or jerky? Smooth it out, make it flow gently and smoothly.
    • Do not rush your breath. Be gentle. Let if flow and you will discover a rhythm to the breath.

Repeat five or ten times each day. As you learn to control this style of breathing, you will be able to do this standing, sitting, and moving through exercise programs.

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5 Comments
  1. Great blog and I will be back to check it daily.

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  2. Ann Hearn permalink

    I have been practicing those breathing exercises that you told me about. That is the only thing that I have changed in the passed week. I feel more relaxed, sleeping better, and just feel better. Thank you so much. I am goi…ng to keep in up and try to find a class here in STL. I wish I was out East, I sure would enroll in your classes. Keep up the good work. Again, You come thru on FB as a man that loves his work and has a kind, honest, humble heart

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  3. Thanks Ann… it is important for my readers to hear feedback from folks who are using the ideas and techniques I teach and how they are effective when put into practice 🙂

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