Breath control for the win!
Every day — about 23,000 times, in fact — we breathe in and out. But how conscious are you of your breathing? Do you put your lungs on autopilot and just let them do their thing? If so, you’re missing out!
- Pretend the air you’re breathing into your body is verrrrrry heavy.
- Breathe in slowly through your nose and let the air drop low into your body as you inhale. Feel your abdomen, back, and lungs expand. Feels good, right? Exhale normally.
- Now breathe in a little more quickly, and allow the air to fill in so you’re ready to use it at a moment’s notice. Again, exhale normally.
- Inhale again. Try to control where your breath goes when you inhale fully. See if you can push the breath down into your diaphragm first. Then try to completely fill your lungs. You can take a much bigger breath this way, right? Your whole torso feels like it’s filled with usable air!
- Now exhale through your mouth, slowly and with purpose. Push the air from your diaphragm first, then your lungs. Sustain the “out” breath for at least as long as it took to get a whole “in” breath. Push all the air out! You should feel like you need to breathe in again right away. This exercise may make you yawn … and it’s great for those nights when you’re having trouble getting to sleep!
*Note: it’s possible to make yourself dizzy when doing breath control exercises. Your body may not be used to them. So take it easy and work your way up!