- Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Breathing (like sex) is one of things we do in life that is considered ‘natural’ and so we believe it should function automatically without any attention
or conscious effort on our part.
However, without this attention, breathing (like sex) generally worsens over time, becoming less effective and therefore less supportive to your health
When we are little babies, we naturally breathe deep into our torsos, down into our bellies. When a baby is lying on its back you can see it’s little
tummy going up and down as it breathes in and out. As we get older though, our breathing tends to get shallower and shallower. With some people their
breathing gets so shallow that they are barely breathing lower than their shoulders, barely using their lungs at all. For the great majority of people
the breath doesn’t get much lower than that, just the upper chest is used to breathe.
Take a moment to observe how deeply into your torso you breathe. Is it the upper chest, the full diaphragm? Or is your breath going deep into your
belly, so you can see your abdomen rising with the in breath and falling with the out breath?
The more shallowly you breathe, the more anxious you feel, and vice versa.
Breathing into your belly has so many benefits: read more...