Mindful Breathing–Belly Breathing

Belly breathing is a basic mindful breathing technique that I use nearly every time I practice mindfulness. It is not something we do naturally when we are conscious, but it is how we breath when we sleep. It delivers the highest level of oxygen to our muscles, which explain the relaxation and release of tension that happens when we practice it. Benefits are:

  • Reducing stress
  • Increasing energy
  • Immunity boosts
  • Pain relief
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Improved posture

You can practice this type of mindful breathing anywhere and anytime doing just about anything. I encourage you to find a variety of ways to practice it during the day, which will help you improve your technique. Doing it alone in a routine way as part of your mindful breathing practice is important, as well. You can enhance the skill by breathing in through your nose and exhaling from your mouth, creating a flow. Maybe imagine breathing in calm and expelling toxins, or any imagery that speaks to you.

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