Abdominal breathing helps to lower the anxiety and distress we suffer. The breathing techniques are most often used to release tension, relax the body, helping the body to connect with the present moment and forget the worries, helping as a healing technique in some practices of bioenergy methods. The muscles most involved in breathing are those located in the abdominal cavity, the small muscles between the ribs and the diaphragm.Abdominal breathing
Abdominal breathing is used in yoga and is a practical complement of pranayama and meditation. This breathing technique, also known as diaphragmatic, is one of the best tools to fill the body with energy and take back the center of our vitality.
With abdominal breathing you can:
- Lower body stress
- Help treat and heal anxiety, stress, anxiety, fears, etc.
- Vigorizes organs and systems increasing the level of circulation of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.
- Helps a better concentration.
- Helps to release contained or stored emotions.
- It helps to a better digestion.
- It helps snutrients to be absorbed better in the body because it relaxes organs like stomach, liver, intestines, etc.
- It lowers the pH level of the blood, which helps us to have better health.
- It gives a very beneficial massage to the heart.
- It increases the body’s defenses and helps the body to restore its energy.
- It helps to rejuvenate your tissues and repair cells.
How is abdominal breathing practiced?
It’s very simple. If you have a baby nearby observe how, when you inhale or take in air, your abdomen inflates does like a balloon when the air is injected. This is the breath we should do during the day. But we are addicted to breathing incorrectly; most people when they inhale raise the chest, which makes the breathing weak and cut.
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For you to practice, just observe that, when taking in air, your diaphragm expands. The diaphragm is the great muscle that separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity and is located below your ribs. Do it right now. Sit comfortably in a chair or lie back on a mat and place your hand on your navel. Breathe and push your stomach out. Then exhale and allow the air to slowly escape until you run out of oxygen.
Breathe in again and consciously repeat for as long as you can, until you get used to breathing in this way. When you exercise, observe that your breathing is abdominal and you will get better results.
When you do not breathe properly:
- It slows down an adequate oxygen uptake and circulation in your body.
- Your tissues and cells will begin to look worn and tired.
- You will be more prone to get sick.
- Your digestion will be heavier.
- The evacuation of toxins will be slow and your blood will be higher in toxemia, so it will be more acidic and you will be more conditioned to get sick.
Anxiety, depression and tension healing with diaphragmatic breathing
When you feel tense, distressed or depressed, take a few minutes to practice this abdominal breathing. We recommend putting pleasant ambient music, preferably meditative, and place your hand on your navel. Take a breath and visualize that from the palm of your hand comes a white light that absorbs your abdomen when it inflates. When you exhale, repeat in your head some affirmation that makes you feel good like:
“I feel calm and trust in the process of life”
“There is always space and time for everything I want to do”
“All I Live Is Learning”
Helping to Heal Others
If you know someone who has an anxiety crisis or is very tense, place your hand on your abdomen and tell him to concentrate on this breath. You will see how you help calm and relax him, and little by little his anxiety, fear or stress will fall noticeably.
If you accompany this breathing technique to heal stress and anxiety, with a relaxing tea, such as peppermint, manzanilla, passionflower, melissa, etc., you will get more pronounced results. If you use an infusion, sip it by taking breaths, do not sweeten it with anything, and try to keep your attention focused on your breathing.
Yoga is a practice inspired by the little children, who have this breath. If you want to learn these techniques in a more profound and useful way, then we recommend you to practice Kundalini Yoga, Hata Yoga.