Breathing sustains us
Creating peaceful inroads
Replenishing sighCindy Georgakas
Hi Friends and welcome to a mini breathing lesson to revitalize you and help you get the most out of your day. How you breathe matters and I’m delighted to share some basic tips we all know but sometimes forget, so grab your matt or just sit at your desk and we’ll do this together. We all need it and it will do wonders for your well being.
Do you find yourself holding your breath as you move through your day, or find your shoulders to your ears, slumped over your desk?
Do you know babies don’t need to be taught how to breathe and they just do it naturally? You too were that baby at one time and still are deep inside. The stresses of everyday create tension in our bodies and we can begin to loose that memory and shallow breathing replaces full diaphragmatic abdominal breathing where our organs, brain relaxation are compromised.
Today I created a 9 minute video for you on the proper techniques for breathing so join me here in my new office and breath with me.
Breathing is the corner stone to our existence and the basic building block for better health.
Here is some information on Healthline
Diaphragm breathing basics
Here’s the basic procedure for diaphragmatic breathing. It may be easiest to practice while lying flat on your bed or the floor when you first start.
- Sit or lie down on a comfortable, flat surface.
- Relax your shoulders, shifting them downward away from the ears.
- Put a hand on your chest and a hand on your stomach.
- Without straining or pushing, breathe in through your nose until you can’t take in any more air.
- Feel the air moving through your nostrils into your abdomen, expanding your stomach and sides of the waist. Your chest remains relatively still.
- Purse your lips as if sipping through a straw. Exhale slowly through your lips for 4 seconds and feel your stomach gently contracting.
- Repeat these steps several times for best results.
Research suggests that diaphragmatic breathing can have a wide range of benefits. It may help you:
- lowerTrusted Source the harmful effects of the stress hormone cortisol on your body, by helping you relax
- manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- lower your heart rate and blood pressure
- make core strength exercises more effectiveTrusted Source, improving your core muscle stability
- improveTrusted Source your body’s ability to tolerate exercise, if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Have a wonderful start of the week and keep breathing!
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