Diaphragmatic Breathing In The Corpse Posture

Diaphragmatic (thoraco-diaphragmatic) breathing in the corpse posture is not as relaxing as abdominal breathing, but it is a powerful energizing technique that should be explored by intermediate and advanced students. It engages the chest and abdomen without significantly disturbing relaxation in the rest of the body, and it is more effective for keeping people alert than abdominal breathing. Anyone who has a tendency to chronic chest breathing should avoid this for the time being, however. As we saw in chapter 2, the moment chest breathers stray from the tried and true abdominal breathing that is so important at the early stages of their training, t hey will automatically revert to constricted thoracic breathing.

To explore diaphragmatic breathing in the corpse posture, first he down and breathe abdominally for a few minutes. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and that your forearms are relaxed but supinated, with the palms facing up and situated about 12-18 inches from the thighs. Then breathe diaphragmatically, holding a little tension in the abdomen during each inhalation. You can breathe as slowly as five breaths per minute or as fast as 12-15 breaths per minute. The concentration required for either tactic will help keep you awake if you tend to doze off.

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