The Way We Breathe Is The Way We Live

I love all things breathwork.

It is such a vital tool to help regain connection with ourselves, it is a powerful transformational tool for stress & anxiety, it is so important for movement & function, and it is also a very sacred tool that can be used for many deeper, more interconnected healing & practices.

Before I get into it too much I just want to look at some of the basics so please check out the video for a full breakdown on breathing, how to test if you are a chest breather or diaphragm breather, & the effects that this is having on your body. 

In summary: 

  • If you chest breath, you are forcing your body to utilise all the accessory muscles of your neck, chest & back to lift your ribcage and breath, thus causing a lot of unnecessary stress and tension to your body. 

  • If you chest breath, you are only filling the top third of your lungs therefore not allowing adequate oxygen exchange to occur 

  • If you are chest breathing, you can increase anxiety & stress in your body 

  • By diaphragm breathing, you are breathing with the muscles that were designed to breath thus being more efficient in your body 

  • By diaphragm breathing, you are allowing your entire lungs to reach their full capacity and therefore allowing better oxygen exchange to occur 

  • By diaphragm breathing, you are activating your deep core muscles and allowing your posts and other muscles have a stronger acne point to work from. 

Once you have taught yourself how to become more aware of your breathing, now it’s time to start training it in order to become more efficient and natural. The more we consciously work on building the neural connections with this training, the better your body will be at using your diaphragm subconsciously.

Once we become more aware of our breathing, then we can learn to consciously create change. The more we do this throughout our day, then the greater the change that will occur.

Retraining Your Breath

Now let’s look at 3-dimensional breath and how we can train to breathe through your diaphragm. I am going to run through a number of progressions for you to play with daily. 

Remember, when working through the exercises in the video, take your time, tune into your body and feel what it is telling you. Don’t Force It!! :)

To progress this further, we can look at a more advanced breathing exercise where you add in your legs to a 90’ angle while compressing a foam roller (or cushion) between your knees. This will help activate your core & begin linking your breathing to other muscle activation work. 

This is a more difficult exercise to master but is essential to train your body to connect to your breathe while moving through different movement patterns. 

TIP: Hang your breath on key activities you do throughout your day. eg. every time you open an e-mail, have a quick check in with your breath

If you have any questions on the above videos please feel free to contact me.

Yours in Health & Happiness,

Fin