Deep and Slow Abdominal Breathing by Contracting the Diaphragm
How This Helps
Instructions for Deep Abdominal Breathing Exercise:
Lay on your belly and gently stretch out
Put your hands on your elbows and move your forearms under your nose, resting your forehead on your forearms
Let go of all tension in your neck and shoulders
Bring your full attention to your belly
Breath out by actively pulling in your belly
Relax belly muscles completely, and observe the automatic in-breath that follows, observe how the belly touches the yoga mat
Breath out again by actively pulling in your belly, and observe the automatic in-breath
Continue breathing slowly and consciously for at least 5 mins.
- Step 3
Gently stretch out and roll onto your back with as little effort as possible
Put your right hand on your belly (little finger at the navel and thumb near the lower end of the breastbone), put left hand on left side of chest
Relax and let the body decide how to breath
Observe the right hand moving up and down and the left hand hardly moving at all (activated abdominal breathing through contraction of the diaphragm)
Observe the slow, deep and effortless flow of the breathing
Observe its mental effect (number and quality of thoughts)
Observe its emotional effect (do you feel restless or peaceful)?
Continue for 5 minutes and enjoy the calming effect for body and mind
Try these simple techniques and believe me it really helps as I personally do the same abdominal breathing exercises.