Healthy Breathing Guidelines
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"If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly." ~ Dr. Andrew Weil
EXPAND AND CONTRACT
The natural path of the breath lifts the chest then belly on the inhale and contracts from the belly then chest on the exhale. If your shoulders are rising and falling when you’re breathing, drop down, and breathe deeply and fully into your lower body.
BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE
Your body and brain react very differently to whether air comes into your body through your nose or your mouth.
Breathing through the nose increases CO2 saturation in the blood, which creates a calming effect.
Unless you’re exercising vigorously, breathing through the mouth is not advised. It encourages the head and shoulders often move forward straining the neck and upper thoracic region. Mouth breathing can also disrupt the pH balance of the blood, making it too alkaline, causing anxiety and other negative effects.
KEEP YOUR SPINE LONG
Whether you are standing, lying down or sitting, elongate the spine for full breathing.
Breath of Peace and Joy
Breath of Peace and Joy is part of my morning routine. It can be done seated or standing. Start your day with focus and joy!
4-7-8 Breath Practice
4-7-8 Breath Practice was developed by Dr. Andrew Weil. Click here for full instructions.
Box Breathing is a simple practice for stressful situations. Click here for full instructions.