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 God-given breathing process. It is simple but it will require you to consciously follow these steps.

 

  1. The first step is to focus your mind on the belly-gut area.  Imagine that you are "breathing" into this area.
  2. You breathe only through your nose.  Keep your month closed without any excessive effort doing so.
  3. Allow your belly and gut area to expand outward while you inhale.  This action provides more space in your abdominal cavity for the diaphragm to relax and drop further downwards,  increasing the flow of air into the lungs.
  4. Relax your belly allowing it to expand outward as much as possible.  Forget about what it may look like.  In this exercise, we are not concerned about having a "thin" waist line.
  5. After you have reached your maximum expansion, immediately release the BG area and feel the diaphragm contract forcing your lungs to exhale.
  6. Engage the diaphragm more than you normally do but stay relaxed.  There should not be any excessive effort to expel air.  This part will become easier as you make BG Breathing a habitual exercise.
  7. Do not hold your breath at any time. (You have done that too many times in past stressful situations.
  8. Imagine that you are watching an incoming wave on the beach which immediately reversing direction after it peaks.  The motion of the water never stops, not even for a second.  Like the wave on the beach, your breathing pattern should NEVER stop.
  9. Repeat these steps as long as possible.