Basic Breathing Exercises
1) Belly Breathing - When you inhale, consciously bring the breath in through the nose down into the belly, meaning that your belly should extend outward. On the exhale, consciously exhale through the mouth bringing your belly button in towards your spine till your breath is completely gone.
Practice this belly breathing often throughout the day until it becomes a habit.
Sometimes in the beginning, it is easier to learn when you are lying down. Place an open palm (either left or right) face down on your lower abdomen (over your belly button). You can really feel the belly rise and fall when you are doing it correctly.
Then practice when sitting and standing. Having your hand on your belly will help your mind direct the breath to where it needs to go.
Once your body is used to breathing this way, you will not have to place your hand on your belly...this does take time, so be patient and loving with yourself.
You will notice that you feel more energized, can think clearer and feel better - your body won't feel sluggish. These are some of the wonderful benefits of getting oxygen to your brain and to all the cells and organs in the body.
2) Now to the Belly Breathing, add the following…
Inhale through the nose for a count of 5.
Exhale through the mouth to a count of 7.
Do this 10 times in a row if possible – at least 3 times per day.
Note: If you get light headed, do less and work your way up to 10 cycles - 3 times per day.
Have a world class day!
Marie Conrad, PhD, MMQ, CPFT,
Professional Certified Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor
727-481-1546, TheChiWiz@gmail.com - www.TheChiWiz.com