By Using The Following Deep Breathing Exercise You Will Help To Reduce Your Stress Levels
Deep breathing seems to be something that we don't have time for in our lives. We rush from one place to the next and feel that we don't have time to stop and breathe.
But what are the consequences of not breathing deeply? What are the consequences of not breathing properly?
Over time when you don't breathe deeply and properly you can start to get sore shoulders and upper back pain. And the longer this continues the more the shoulders can lock.
On a more visual level, imagine a car. If you fill your car with top quality petrol - the petrol the car is designed for - your car runs smoothly and without problems.
But if on the other hand you fill your car with a low quality petrol - what happens? The engines clogs and the car breaks down.
The same applies to the breath and the body. When you breathe in deeply and slowly, especially through the nose, you fill your inner engine - the body - with good quality fuel - oxygen.
But when you do not breathe deeply your body does not get the fuel that it needs.
And the consequences?
You feel tired, you get stressed easily, you get sore shoulders and you find it hard to relax.
And the solution?
Deep Breathing Exercises
The following breathing exercises are designed to fill your body with the fuel that you need - oxygen.
When doing these exercises please take care. Don't overdo it and go at your own pace. It is important to understand that many of us have not used the body fully before to breathe and therefore the muscles are not in good shape. Take it easy to start off with and gradually with practice and patience you will start to notice a difference.
Be patient and kind with this breathing exercise and you will gain the most from it.
Deep Breathing Exercise 1
The idea of this exercise is to teach you how to get a full deep breath.
1. Imagine that your torso, from the stomach to the upper chest is split into 3 segments. Segment 1 is from the base of the stomach to the top of the stomach just below the rib cage.
Segment 2 is from just below the rib cage to the middle of the chest. And segment 3 is from the mid chest to the shoulders.
2. To start off with you breathe into the stomach area: segment 1 (place your hand there - picture 1). You allow your stomach to rise and expand. You fill that area for about a third of the full breath.
3. You then start to fill the 2nd segment: the mid chest (see picture 2). You fill this area for a third of the full breath again.
5. While breathing out you follow the breath down the body emptying segment 3, then segment 2, then lastly segment 1 (pictures 4-6)
6. After a brief pause you then start breathing in again, while filling the three segments again.
7. To help follow the breath in and out place your hands on the different segments as you breathe in and out.
8. Repeat this exercise for a repetition of 5 and then have a break.
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