The Importance Of Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises
breathing is the name for what is known as complete breathing. Most people actually practice only partial
breathing, flexing the chest muscles in an attempt to inflate the lungs fully. Diaphragmatic breathing exercises
help you to bring your diaphragm into play so that you can ensure the complete inflation of the lungs.
diaphragm brings in more oxygen than simply flexing the ribcage. The diaphragm is a large muscle just under your
chest, between the chest and the abdomen. When you contract the diaphragm by expanding the abdomen, it is forced
downward, creating a negative pressure in the chest cavity, and forcing air into your lungs. This pulls blood and
lymph into your chest as well, improving the circulation of lymph, and causing more venous return to the heart, and
better oxygenation of blood.
Lymph is the
bodies own security system, full of immune cells which helps fight infections and diseases. As a result, this type
of breathing, and breathing exercises, are considered to be a much healthier and more complete way to breathe. It
is also an effective remedy for hyperventilation and can help to control and minimize anxiety disorders.
Diaphragmatic breathing is considered to be supremely beneficial for your health in many eastern philosophies and
breathing exercises, or Pranayama, are beneficial for both mind and body. A regular practice of such breathing can
help you to increase not you’re your lung capacity, but also improve your general health. These exercises are a
good way to manage the stress of day to day life. They can even help to relieve insomnia. They improve your
stamina, make you more athletic, and help you fight disease and infection.
over time, the deep breathing exercises can give you improved energy levels for the entire day, is beneficial to
your respiratory system, eases tight chest muscles, and helps to relieve chest pains. As a direct result of the
superior lung expansion, and the improved blood and lymph flow that these exercises bring, long term respiratory
illnesses like recurrent bronchitis and asthma can be eased and controlled.
There is an
increase in the amount of oxygen and nutrients reaching the cells of the body, generating better overall health. It
helps the nervous system to calm down, providing a better stress free mental state. Using the diaphragm for
breathing massages the internal organs, especially of the digestive system.
To practice a
basic diaphragmatic breathing exercise, first choose a comfortable position and a place. Sit comfortably, or lie
down, before you begin. Make sure you are comfortably dressed. Tight or restrictive clothing is a no-no. Choose
loose garments that you can really “breathe” in. place your hands on your chest and your stomach, and inhale slowly
through your nose or pursed lips. As you breathe, the hand on your stomach should rise, indicating the expansion of
You might need
some practice, especially if you are used to chest breathing. After a full breath is drawn, slowly exhale the
accumulated breath through pursed lips. This helps to control the speed of release of air.