Focus on the Diaphragm


Diaphragmatic breathing is one of the most important things you can teach yourself to do – simply letting go of the tension in the tummy and allowing the diaphragm to move naturally up and down will not only release tension in your back and shoulders but also enable a fuller, more complete breath to enter and leave the body. When the breath is full in this way, your body will naturally take on the correct amount of oxygen for the activity that your body is working on – this means that your heart and circulation will adapt too.

A simple diaphragmatic breathing exercise…

If you are sitting in a chair, place both feet on the floor and feel that both sitting bones are connecting with the seat. Release the abdominal muscles as you draw a breath in and feel the breath rise up straightening your spine all the way into your shoulders. Keep the height of your head as you exhale and maintain the feeling of being lifted in your ribs. Now close your eyes and continue repeating the simple mantra – I am breathing in 1, I am breathing out 1, I am breathing in 2, I am breathing out 2 and so on up to about 10 breaths.

To learn more about the diaphragm see this website…

Published by yogadeb

Yoga teacher in Stamford, UK, and online

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