Office Pilates–Just Breathe

Breathing can wake you up and re-energize you to get your through those hours after a filling lunch. So try this and compare the two types of breathing. Which do you like better? Which wakes you up more?

Number One:

Take long, deep, slow belly breaths inhaling for 5 seconds and exhaling for 5 seconds. Let your stomach expand on the inhale and pull the belly button to the spine to help push all the air out on the exhale.

Number Two:

Again take 5 seconds to inhale and 5 to exhale, but this time instead of breathing into your stomach, try to breathe into the sides and back of your rib cage. This is the standard Pilates breath. If your having trouble finding the right place, try and make yourself yawn. Direct your breath where it naturally goes when you yawn.

(If you’re a school teacher with antsy kids after lunch, take two or three minutes and try this with them. You won’t lose three minutes, you’ll gain a more attentive class.)


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

One Comment

  1. Deborah November 1, 2008 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I will verify that your suggestion works. As a teacher, formerly, I only used the breathing before CMT’s or big tests. This year I incorporate it almost every day in the afternoon classes. The middle school students groan and giggle as they move into “good posture” mode so that their lungs are not squished and they can get all the good oxygen to the brain. 🙂 It does make a difference: wakens them AND ME as we share a laugh and a breath.

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