Basic Breathing

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Breathing is a basic part of life, but many of us have “trained” ourselves out of doing it correctly.    In this video we break down the VERY BASIC Breathing technique to practice before taking it to other parts of your life.

How to start Basic Breathing

Start by laying down on the ground and bringing your feet flat on the floor.

Gently put a hand on your belly so you can feel it going up and down as you breathe.

Start by breathing in through you nose, and fill your belly.   You belly should start getting bigger and pushing against your hand.  As you continue to breathe in, you belly will feel full and then your chest will start to fill.   With a full breathe your belly should feel like a balloon and your lower back should actually be pushing into the floor.

As you breathe out, push your belly button to your spine and force air out trying to get rid of all the air in your lungs.

Control both the breathe in and out as you practice breathing.

Practice

Once you get the hang of breathing on the floor, practice doing this regularly.   Laying on the floor might not always be practical.     You can try sitting up tall and practicing or even take it into yoga.

As you start to practice, try to control how long you breathe in and out.   Start with a slow count to 5 both in and out.   As you get better and can maintain that breathing pattern, slowly add more time to control both.

Take Breathing into Life

Since breathing really is a basic part of life, big full breaths should be our norm.   Bad posture, stress, and other factors keep us from doing this regularly, but unless you need to brace your midsection for something specific like lifting, this should start to become the normal way to breathe.

To add this into a workout and practice under “duress” start with KB Swings.   Start with 1 KB Swing, then set the KB down and take a controlled deep breathe.   Then do 2 KB swings, followed by 2 deep breathes.   Breathe naturally during the KB swing portion, but control the breathing between work sessions.   As the reps get higher, controlling the breath during the breaks will get harder.   This practice will lead to better results when you rest during other workouts and should allow you to get back to the workout faster with better results.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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