Belly Breathing

Belly Breathing

The diaphragm is a large, dome-shaped muscle that sits at the base of the lungs. It is the most efficient muscle for breathing. Belly breathing helps you to strengthen the muscles in your diaphragm, which ultimately helps you breathe more efficiently because you have the power to empty your lungs. 

Pro Tip: If you do lay down, try supporting the head and knees with pillows. (Placing pillows underneath the knees) 


1. Bring the eyes to a close or low gaze, and exhale completely through your mouth.

2. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage, allowing space for your diaphragm to move as you breathe. Keep the hand on your chest as still as possible.

3. Allow your stomach muscles to fall inward as you exhale through pursed lips. The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.

4. Continue for 5-10 minutes.


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