Ramesh Tarun Narine
Diaphragmatic Breath5 min
Want to learn one of the single greatest things you can do for your health? Learn this simple diaphragmatic breath practice and incorporate it into your evening ritual as you fall asleep!
The diaphragm is the muscle that governs your breath, and it rests in between the abdomen and torso.
When we use the diaphragm to breathe, the chest moves very little. A piston-like motion occurs as the diaphragm moves evenly in the cylinder of the torso – just one muscle moving the breath.
Our culture encourages us to use more than one muscle when we breathe. Riding a bike, sitting at the computer or driving a car all press the breath from the abdomen to the chest. Texting creates a forward head carrying posture that presses the chest. Termed apical breathing, accessory breathing muscles like the scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and pectorals minor work outside of their regular duties, lifting the chest so that we may find enough air.
In this video, learn the practice of Diaphragmatic Breath and discover it’s many benefits! We’ll discuss how this type of belly breathing optimizes the exchange of gases, oxygen, and carbon dioxide in our lungs and how it effects the parasympathetic nervous system to find a more relaxed state!
To do this practice:
• As you surrender to sleep, let the right hand rest upon the belly, and the left hand upon the heart.
• Maintaining a stillness through the left hand at the chest, watch the breath breathe you from the rising and falling right hand. Heavier with each exhale.
• Surrender. Breathe.