This Abdominal Breath Exercise
, also known as Diaphragmatic Breath Exercise
, exercise improves your ability to breathe more fully and deeply by increasing the air flow to the lower part of your lungs. You may also find that this exercise helps to calm and relax your body and mind.
As you perform this exercise, you should become aware of the rise and fall of your breath in your abdomen. As you breathe, make sure you do not tighten your abdominal muscles or press your abdomen outward. Your abdomen should expand naturally and remain soft throughout the exercise.
You can perform Abdominal Breath Exercise
while lying in Relaxation Pose
or sitting in a comfortable seated pose, such as Easy Pose
. You can also perform this exercise while sitting in a chair, which is useful if you spend your day sitting at a desk. If you need more support for your lower back in Relaxation Pose
, you can bend your knees and place the soles of your feet on the floor hip width apart.
You should be careful performing this exercise if you have low blood pressure.
|Begin in Relaxation Pose.|
|Rest your palms lightly on your abdomen.
(The tips of your middle fingers should meet at your navel.)
|Inhale slowly and completely through your nose and feel your abdomen rise.|
|Exhale slowly and completely through your nose and feel your abdomen fall back down toward the floor.|
|Repeat steps 3 and 4 for 2 to 5 minutes.|