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How To Breathe From Your Diaphragm

How To Breathe From Your Diaphragm

Breathe from your diaphragm sounds technical.  In a panic or stressed moment it may be our most effective tool we have.  Breathing can feel shallow, strained and tight when stressed.  Try taking a deeper breath.  A really big deeper breath.  Breathing is easy and free to practice.  So let’s get practicing.

Every time you breathe in, cells are replenished with oxygen that sustains life. When you breathe out, carbon dioxide and other toxins are released from the lungs. Numerous studies show that deep breathing relaxes the mind, reduces cortisol levels, calms the nervous system, and improves mental focus.  Breathe from the belly, not the chest to activate the diaphragm. This allows maximal oxygen intake and carbon dioxide release. The diaphragm is a large muscle covering the top of the abdominal cavity.  It has a massaging effect on the internal organs during deep breathing.  Bliss!

How To Breathe From Your Diaphragm

Find a quiet, comfortable place.

Stand or sit up straight to elongate your spine.  Imagine a piece of string is pulling you up from the crown of your head.  Relax your belly and chest.

Close your mouth and inhale through your nose slowly for the count of five.  When you inhale, your stomach, not your chest, should expand.  Expanding your belly activates your diaphragm.  Hold for two seconds.

Exhale slowly through your mouth, for the count of five  As you exhale, your stomach should flatten.

Find time during your day to practice some deep breathing for stress release. Even if you don’t think you are stressed, just enjoy the practice.  Start practicing or deepening your yoga practice.  Yoga works wonders for stress release.

NOURISH YOUR BODY WITH YOGA AND HEALTHY FOOD, YOU DESERVE IT!

Nic Makim is a nutritionist, health coach and blogger focusing on weight loss, cleansing, vitality and healthy aging.  For inquiries in regards to our 30-day nutrition program or online health coaching, please contact us here.


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