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Belly Breathing

Belly Breathing or Diaphragmatic Breathing

Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down. For example, try sitting in a chair, sitting cross-legged, or lying on your back with a small pillow under your head and another under your knees. It is a form of self love to take a few extra moments to get the props or position you want.

  1. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other hand on your belly, below the ribcage.

  2. Allow your belly to relax, without forcing it inward by squeezing or clenching your muscles.

  3. Breathe in slowly through your nose. The air should move into your nose and downward so that you feel your stomach rise with your other hand and fall inward (toward your spine).

  4. Exhale slowly through slightly pursed lips. Take note of the hand on your chest, which should remain relatively still.

Although the sequence frequency will vary according to your health, most people begin by doing the exercise three times and working up to five to 10 minutes, one to four times a day.

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