Breathe More, Feel More
Stability ball breathing exercises are an easy way to feel better and reduce symptoms of depression.
Not surprisingly, it is one of the most fundamental exercises of bioenergetics developed by Alexander Lowen. This exercise involves opening up muscular contractions in your chest.
As a result, you increase your oxygen intake by breathing more fully. And when you breathe more, you feel more.
Stability Ball Breathing
- Lean backward over a stability ball, the arm of a couch, a pile of pillows on the floor, or a breathing stool.
- Relax and open up your chest.
- Allow yourself to breathe deeply and calmly.
- Relax your pelvis, bend your knees, and plant your feet on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
- Reach with your arms parallel to the ground, perhaps grasping the back of a chair or a broom handle. The idea is to keep your arms about shoulder-width apart.
- Do this exercise for a minute or more.
- If you want to go deeper, open your jaw and mouth, and breathe intensely for 3-5 minutes. Pull the air in and push it out forcefully. Focus on your exhale.
- Come out of this pose slowly to a standing position.
- Then bend over in a grounding pose for a minute or more to relieve any stress from the backbend.
- Breathe slowly and calmly.
- When you’re ready, roll up slowly, one vertebra at a time.
- Notice your emotions and how your body feels.
It’s common to close down your breathing if you don’t want to feel. Thus, increasing the depth of your breathing may bring up feelings of longing, falling in love, or sadness.
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