Fullness of Breath
With the practice conscious and diaphragmatic breathing, you will begin to make your inhalation and exhalation fuller and deeper than it normally is.
Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet about a foot apart. Relax your shoulders neck and jaw.
Place one hand at the belly and one hand at the chest.
Become aware of your breathing.
On inhale, consciously expand the chest and abdomen. Pause.
On exhale, consciously contract the abdomen bringing your belly button toward the spine. Pause.
Feel the rhythm of your breathing.
Imagine your body is like an accordion, drawing open as you inhale, opening and widening your back, rib cage and belly as you bring air in.
Then, receding as you exhale.
Function: When we inhale, the ribs rise and the spine where they are attached is extended upward and slightly straightened.