Take a Deep Breath

January 11, 2015

Ever paid attention to your breath? Though the body will never forget to breathe, your mind can forget to be present. Paying attention to your breath will allow the body to breathe deeply which can have a positive impact on you. The diaphragm is a muscle that helps empty the lungs, and release waste from the body. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing can strengthen this muscle making breathing possible with less effort.

Enhancing the diaphragm will also allow the body to pass vomit, urine, and feces more easily. Diaphragmatic breathing involves inhaling air through the nose and releasing through the mouth while placing the hands on the stomach and chest to add resistance (this allows the body to inhale and exhale more air). This can be done sitting or lying down and should be practiced about 10-40 minutes daily.