Current living 8 October, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
This type of breathing is one alternative to improving digestion and relaxing the body. The following are a few tips to practice this type of breathing correctly.
Many people breathe superficially, preventing them from receiving all the oxygen that they need. As a result, this can lead to fatigue, a lack of energy and concentration, and memory loss.
Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in the U.S. showed that over time, this lack of oxygen can lead to the onset of conditions such as anxiety, heart problems, digestive problems and muscle disorders.
According to this university, the most important part of breathing properly is to be aware of how you are doing it. Breathing should be natural, deep and you should try to practice inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.
In addition to this, the recommendation is to practice diaphragmatic breathing (breathing from your belly) once a day in order to work the lower area of the lungs and the upper area of your clavicle.
How to breathe from your diaphragm
1) Sit down (or lie down if you prefer) and relax your shoulders, letting them fall, releasing any tension.
2) Place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest.
3) Inhale through your nose for two seconds, feeling the air pass through the abdomen and feeling the abdomen expand. The lower ribs move outward, and your stomach should rise much higher than your chest.
4) Exhale through your mouth for a few seconds while pressing lightly on your abdomen.
5) Repeat this process for one minute and as you master the technique, increase the amount time you practice.
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