Bad breathing habits are likely to be insidious, but they are not intractable. Even though they go on 24 hours a day year in and year out, change is still possible because the respiratory motions are entirely controlled by somatic motor neurons—you have the potential of thinking the actions through and controlling them willfully.
How to proceed? Whether bad breathing habits involve constricted chest breathing, reversing the movement of the abdomen in paradoxical breathing, jerking the breath, or pausing between inhalation and exhalation, anyone who has such problems should first master abdominal breathing. Thoraco-diaphragmatic breathing is not advisable at first; it will be especially confusing to chronic chest breathers. The best solution for such students is a regular practice of a variety of postures in hatha yoga, and the corpse posture is the place to start. In the supine position almost everyone can learn to breathe in a way that allows a hand or sandbag °n the abdomen to move smoothly toward the ceiling. As soon as problem breathers have that mastered, they should work with abdominal breathing while sitting up straight in a chair, first just inhaling and exhaling naturally. This means: first, making sure that the lower abdomen relaxes completely and protrudes during inhalation, and that the chest does not lift up and out; and second, allowing the abdominal Muscles to remain passive during exhalation, thus permitting the
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abdominal wall to sink back in. II may help to make tiny sighs to insur, that each exhalation is entirely passive.
After mastering abdominal breathing with passive exhalations in a upright posture, students should learn to use the abdominal muscles to ai exhalation and cultivate even breathing. This will lead naturally to th bellows breath and kapalabhati. Both of those exercises should I approached with a sense of experimentation, observation, and pla Rushing yourself or someone else into developing new breathing habi ts wi only create anxiety and disrupt rather than benefit the nervous system
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