Diaphragmatic breathing is also known as deep breathing, deep abdominal breathing, belly breathing, costal breathing, tai chi breathing or even yoga breathing.
Children know instinctively how to breathe deeply. With practice, adults can relearn how to breathe deeply and regain the benefits of deep diaphragmatic breathing.
Since breathing is natural and unconscious, most of us don’t even know whether we are breathing deeply or shallowly.
Using deep breathing can help you relax and has many benefits.
What is Diaphragmatic Breathing?
Deep abdominal breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing, is simply using your diaphragm to breathe. On the other hand, shallow breathing uses your chest and flexes your rib cage.
To breathe deeply using your diaphragm, you need to draw air into the lungs. At the same time expand your stomach instead of your chest.
Many people carry tension in their backs, stomach or chest. Deep abdominal breathing can seem to be more difficult than breathing from the chest.
However, belly breathing or deep breathing is a healthier way to breathe because you actually get more oxygen when you are breathing deeply.
Benefits of Deep Breathing
So, why all the fuss about deep abdominal breathing?
You gain a number of benefits to be gained by learning to breathe deeply . The first, not to be minimized, is that you actually breathe in more oxygen.
As you know, every part of our bodies needs oxygen, and oxygen starvation can actually cause degenerative disease and premature aging.
Here are some more benefits of deep breathing:
- Helps to flush toxins from our bodies. Toxic substances are eliminated through our breath.
- Normalize blood pressure. It is well known that deep breathing can help to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range.
- Increase stamina and energy
- Help you to relax and decrease stress levels – learn to do this when you feel a need to relax…
- Sleep better and more soundly
- Improve your performance in sports and athletic activities
Those are just a few of the benefits to be gained by learning to breathe deeply.
Diaphragmatic breathing is not rocket science, but you do know how to do it properly in order to get the most benefit from deep breathing.
Just this one little thing– learning how to breathe deeply in the correct manner–will improve so many areas in your life. It may be all you have to do to get your life back on track.
Learning to breathe deeply does not take a lot of time. Just a little practice!