Belly-Gut Breathing Technique

We were born with a simple natural way of breathing fully.  A young child does it subconsciously.  Unfortunately as we grow older and experience stressful situations, we begin to restrict our breathing.   We become "shallow" breathers by inhaling only into the upper area of our lungs, barely engaging our diaphragm.

The Belly-Gut (BG) Breathing technique reconnects us with this natural breathing process.  We encourage you to  enjoy the process, breath by breath.  Have fun with it. . . .  

Although this  exercise is simple, it may initially feel strange or even uncomfortable.   Stay with it!  

If you focus on your breathing  anywhere, anytime as often as possible, you may experience an immediate positive change in what ever is confronting you at that moment. 

Consciously and consistently follow these simple steps:

    1.  Begin moving your belly in and out.  This is the first step to focus your mind on the belly-gut area.

    2. your upper chest and shoulders still.

    3. Feel your stomach muscles actively moving.

    4. Notice your mind is now focused in your belly-gut.

    5. Now consciously “breathe” into the belly-gut area.

            6. Breathe only through your nose.  Keep your mouth closed without any excessive effort doing so.

 

 

    7. You are now moving your diaphragm.

    8. While inhaling, allow your belly and gut area to expand OUTWARD.  This action provides more space in your abdominal cavity for the diaphragm to drop further downwards, increasing the flow of air into the expanded lungs.

    9. Now pull your belly INWARD.  This action pushes the diaphragm to contract upward forcing your lungs to exhale more completely.

    10. Now continue the breath to expand your rib cage and chest.

    11. Practice this process until the whole torso becomes one breath.

 

 

 

If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly” – Dr. Andrew Weil 

“Being aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember  for one year and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending a wide choice of seminars and workshops” – Eckhart Tolle