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1 Deep Breathing Exercises And the benefits of Deep Breathing

2 Proper Deep Breathing In order for the deep breathing exercise to be beneficial, we must understand the proper technique for deep breathing. We must understand how the diaphragm works in the body and the mechanics of deep breathing. The following link does a very good job summarizing the mechanics of deep breathing. The following link shows how to take deep breaths and allows you to follow along at your own pace.

3 Belly Breathing 1.Lie down comfortably on your back with your feet flat and your knees pointed upward, and follow your breathing. 2.While following your breathing, rub your hands together until they feel warm and place them on your belly, one on top of the other. 3.Allow your belly to expand while you inhale and extract while you exhale, making sure you don’t force it. 4.If your belly feels tight, rub your hands some more until they are warm and massage the area around your bellybutton. 5.Continue to follow your breath and pay attention as to your belly expanding while you inhale and retracting while you exhale. 6.If your belly still feels tight, press down gently while exhaling The belly breathing exercise is used to allow the diaphragm to move into our abdomen when we inhale and to squeeze our lungs when we exhale.

4 Straw Breathing Exercise 1.You will need a straw with a small diameter. 2.Inhale normally through your nose making sure you don’t force the inhalation. 3.When your ready to exhale (do not hold your breath after inhaling), place one end of the straw between your lips, making sure that the straw is pointed straight ahead and that your face and lips are relaxed. 4.Exhale gently, only through the straw, making sure that you do not force the exhalation. (You may want to pinch your nose closed) 5.When your exhalation is almost complete, take the straw out of your mouth, close your mouth and allow the breath to be exhaled naturally through the nose. 6.Allow the next inhalation to occur on its own and breathe normally with out the straw for two or three breaths. 7.Then when you are ready inhale through your nose and repeat the process. This exercise conditions the diaphragm to relax and contract in a synchronized way and to move slowly and evenly through its whole range of motion.

5 Coordination Exercise 1.Lie down on your back feet flat on ground, and knees together. 2.Inhale for six seconds, and hold it for a two second pause. (Inhale to your ability, there is no need to force inhalation.) 3.Exhale for six seconds, and pause for three seconds. (Again, exhale to your own ability, do not force the exhalation.) 4.Inhale again for six seconds, and now pause for four seconds. 5.Exhale for six seconds, now pause for five seconds. 6.Inhale for six seconds once again, pause for six seconds, and then exhale returning to a normal breath. 7.Now rest and breathe normally. 8.Repeat steps 2-7 four times. The purpose of this exercise is to slow down and smooth out your breathing. You should feel that both your breathing and rib area are more relaxed and a sense of calmness.

6 Benefits of Deep Breathing Reduction of hot flashes in menopausal women Relaxation of facial muscles Reduction of pain and stress signals Improve effectiveness of aerobic exercises and workouts Lower blood pressure Reduction of chances to have a second heart attack There are many benefits of deep breathing and being aware of your breathing. These are just a few of benefits that I discovered in my research.

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