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?
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.
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.)