Interested in learning some simple breathing exercises
to help increase your stamina and health?
Through a simple buit effective practice you can improve your health through understanding the process of breath control. If you get short of breath easily, are involved in sports or fitness training or have any health issues these exercises could help you improve your state of balance and general sense of well being. Learning how to control your breath can also help your mental, emotional and physical health, and thus improve and your level of life enjoyment and broaden your feeling and understanding of the awareness of life as a living process.
One of the first breath exercise I learned to train as an asian bodywork specialist was this one (it is the first lesson also in studying martial arts).
In a comfortable sitting position, place your hand just
below your navel, then exhale and press in as you do so, as if squeezing the air out (close the buttocks tightly first).
Then, as you inhale deeply and fully, send the breath down into the belly, beneath where you hand is, expanding it
as if it were a balloon.
This isn't easy. It takes weeks of daily practice for about 5 minutes or so before you can do it naturally, without the hand as a guide.
But it is worth it. Doing this excercise changed my life, as it changed my enrgetic control. It energizes all your inner organs and systems, while giving you energetic and physical balance. Enjoy!
Thanks Michaelle, that's a really good example of an effective breathing and breath testing exercise.
Here are some exercises that I use that are very effective for overall health and well being, helping to relax and calm body and mind, they can be done in a seated or standing position.
1) Take a deep breath in through the nose, hold the breath in the lower abdominal region for eight seconds, then breathe out fully through the mouth and hold the exhaled breath out for eight seconds. Repeat this cycle 8 times then allow the breath to return to it's normal pattern. Notice any difference in your feeling?
VASE OR BELLOWS BREATHING
2) Breathe into the lower abdomen through the nose. Hold the breath for three seconds, then take another short breath through the nose and hold for five more seconds, before releasing through the mouth.
Repeat the cycle three times. Notice any difference in your feeling?
These exercises can be used before a period of meditation to help relax the whole body and mind or at any time when there is a need to drop into a deeper space of relaxation.
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