Deep Breath Makes Life

Take a Deep Breath

When you take a deep breath, do your chest and belly expand?

Little secret. Most of the time when you think you are taking a deep breath, you’re not actually taking a deep breath at all.

That’s because the muscles of your torso, diaphragm, and throat are constricted and you don’t even know it.

A deep breath can really only be accomplished when the muscles around your breathing apparatus are relaxed and supple. And in order to get those muscles supple, you have to stretch them, just like you have to stretch any muscle that is tight and short.

Want A Livelier Existence?

If you get dragged down every day and want to feel more lively, try the following exercise.

Stack up a bunch of pillows on the floor, sit down and lean backward over them so your chest arches open. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor.

Set a timer for five minutes. Hang your arms over your head. Now open your jaw and mouth and start breathing deeply and rapidly, like you just finished sprinting. Pull the air in and push it out, focusing on your exhale.

Do not breathe in through your nose and do not round your lips as you exhale. Keep your mouth and jaw open as you breathe.

Shake your hands if they become tingly or numb. Make sounds if you need to in order to keep breathing.

When five minutes are up, breathe normally and let your body come to equilibrium before you sit up.

Enjoy the energy and relaxation you now experience.

Need any guidance on this exercise? Call me. We’ll talk and I’ll teach you.

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