Many people don't even realize they are breathing incorrectly. About 40% of the population breathes improperly. We tend to breathe in a shallow manner, hold our breathes, or over breathe. There are many benefits to breathing properly, such as increased energy, improved health, greater harmony, less anxiety and fear, better relationships and an overall feeling of calm and happiness. We must be more conscious of our breathe so that we can reshape our habit of breathing. Every single one of the processes in the body is dependent on oxygen. Our brains, heart and muscles all rely on oxygen to work optimally. Did you know on average we take about 25,000 breathes a day? Breathing effects our daily emotional state, concentration and stress level, as well as our sleeping patters. You can now see why proper breathing technique is so important. With a few little tweaks you can be on your way to correct breathing.
1. You should breathe in and through your nose. Your nose acts like a filter for the oxygen entering your body.
2. You should be breathing through your diaphragm. This means the air you inhale should travel all the way to your belly. The movement should not be coming from your chest or shoulders.
3. Breathe in a relaxed manner.
4. Breathe rhythmically.
5. Breathe silently.
6. Have good posture while breathing by keeping your back straight.
When you breathe properly your rib cage and stomach should expand, like a balloon being blown up. Think of inhaling as filling up a glass of water. The first thing to be filled up is the bottom of the glass (lower abdomen), then the center part of the glass (the middle abdomen), and finally the top of the glass (chest). The exhale is like drinking from the glass. We drink the water top down, from the chest to the lower abdomen.
As with all things, proper breathing takes practice. As you practice making your exhales last longer, your lung's capacity starts to expand. You will become calmer, more balanced and have better concentration. Our lives are full of stress and digital distractions. Conscious breathing is a great way to get back on track and relax.
You can search on YouTube for videos on proper breathing techniques.
Cheers to Happy Breathing!