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  • Ordinarily, we breathe shallowly.*                     
  • An insufficient supply of oxygen generates stress and a tired feeling, and generally promotes dis”ease”.
  • Breathing is the first big step to becoming a relaxed and healthy person. 
  • Proper Way to Breathe: 
          -- the throat opens as widely as possible (as in a yawn);
          -- the shoulders remain in place;
          -- the stomach is pushed out as the air is inhaled.    
  • Learn how to inhale fresh air and energy and to exhale tension, worries, stress, and fears.

 

*Encarta Dictionary – Shallowly…Taking in little air - characterized by the inhaling and exhaling of only a small amount of air.

 Your breath…
  • Learning the correct way to breathe is the first step to becoming relaxed and healthy.
  • Ordinarily, we are shallow breathers.
  • An insufficient supply of oxygen can generate stress and a tired feeling, and generally can promote dis”ease.”
  • Proper breathing is a first big step to becoming a relaxed person.         

To breathe properly… 

  • the throat opens as widely as possible (as in a yawn),
  • the shoulders remain in place, and
  • the stomach is pushed out as the air is inhaled;
  • sit up straight and relax your shoulders!
  • you can then practice one of the exercises given below.       

Breathing exercise*…

  1. Take in a normal breath, then exhale through your nose to a slow count of eight (8).
  2. Inhale through your nose to a slow count of four (4).
  3. Hold your breath for a slow count of four (4).
  4. Exhale through your nose to a slow count of eight (8) pushing the breath out with your abdominal muscles.
  5. Repeat a minimum of three times.

*Keep in mind that you can do this exercise a number of ways, e.g.,

  • breathing in through the nose and out through the nose.
  • breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.
  • Breathing in through the mouth and out through the nose.
  • Breathing in through the mouth and out through the mouth.

Alternate Breath…

Using your right hand, you will use your right ring finger to cover the left side of your nose and your right thumb to cover the right side of your nose.

  1. Cover your left nostril with your ring finger and inhale through your right nostril to a slow count of four (4).
  2. Cover your right nostril with your thumb and hold your breath for a slow count of four (4).
  3. Release your ring finger to open your left nostril and exhale through the left nostril to a slow count of eight (8).
  4. Still with your right nostril closed, inhale through the left nostril to a slow count of four (4).
  5. Cover your left nostril with your ring finger and hold your breath for a slow count of four (4).
  6. Release your thumb to open your right nostril and exhale through the right nostril to a slow count of eight (8).
  7. Repeat with steps (1) through (6) about five times.

 

 

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