HOW TO BREATHE

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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

Some people breathe naturally from their bellies, but some need to relearn this basic skill. Even more experienced practitioners can benefit from bringing a beginners mind to their breathing practice.

There are 3 basics to BreatheSync

1. Breathe from the belly
2. Breathe through the nose
3. Breathe in sync with your heart (just follow the rhythm BreatheSync creates by analysing your pulse)

Let’s give it a go.

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1. BreathE from youR belly

Sit down or lie down in a room that is relatively quiet. Close the door, put your phone in airplane mode. If you find it uncomfortable, raise your knees with your feet on the floor. This will give your lower back better support.

Now try to breathe in and out through the nose, making your belly rise and fall. If your chest continues to move as you breathe place a hand on the chest and press down firmly to encourage you to use the belly more.

So as you breathe in, your belly rises. As you breathe out, your belly falls. See the short video we produced with lululemon below.

 

Breathing from you belly is more energy efficient and gives you more control over your breath. It’s how we breathe naturally as babies and young children and yet as we get older and more stressed, we lose the habit and breathe with more shallow breaths from the chest, through the mouth.

2. BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE

Your nose is designed for breathing as the little hairs in your nostrils clean the air of particles and a chamber behind the nose warms the air for your lungs. Nasal breathing has also been shown to improve brain function too.

Breathing in and out through the nose.

3. BREATHE IN SYNC WITH YOUR HEART

Breathing in rhythm with your heart rhythm will help you focus better, relax more easily and get back in sync quickly whenever you need to.

  Breathe in as the circles get bigger. Breathe out as they get smaller.

Breathe in as the circles get bigger. Breathe out as they get smaller.

You can use BreatheSync in a number of ways:

  • Lying down with your eyes closed and headphones on
  • Sitting down in a chair with your phone resting on a table or your lap
  • Standing up on the train
  • Cross legged, or kneeling with your phone in both hands
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How do you BreatheSync?

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