Are You Breathing?

High angle view of an umbrella, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Chances are if you’re reading this you are breathing (or you were in very recent history). Stop for a moment and notice where your breath goes. Does it going into your shoulders? Your belly? Your chest? Are you holding your breath?

Boy with concertina

Try to direct your breath to the sides and back of your rib cage. Think of your ribs like an accordion, opening sideways. Or think of an umbrella opening up and out. Try yawning. That might help you find the lateral breath pattern. Breathing into the sides and backs of your ribs isn’t the only way to breath, but it’s one way. Try it and see how it feels in your body.

Mature man yawning, close-up


About the Author:

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.

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