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  • Susan Schwarting, CMI/RMT

A Breathing Lesson

A breathing lesson? What? Who needs a lesson in breathing? Isn't that something that just comes naturally? Well...yes and no.

As babies we breathed naturally and then somewhere along the way we...changed...and not for the better. Our breathing became shallow from our chest and not deep from our belly. Consequently we're not getting the oxygen or the carbon dioxide exchange we need for good health.

Research has shown that deepening and slowing down your breathing has profound effects on your health and well being. So what are the benefits? 1. happier mood, 2. deeper sleep,

3. less anxiety, 4. better heart health, 5. increased oxygen consumption, 6. stress relief.

Here's an exercise to get you started:

sit in a comfortable position; make the "hang 10" sign with your right hand; close your right nostril with your thumb and inhale slowly through the left nostril until your lungs are full(remember to breath from the belly-it should expand like a balloon); hold for 4-5 seconds;

release the right nostril and close the left with your pinkie and slowly exhale through the right nostril; repeat at least 4 times.


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