Deep breathing encourages full oxygen exchange, slows the heartbeat and lowers/stabilizes blood pressure. This is specifically so when we engage our abdomen in our breathing practice.
Steps for Deep Breathing Practice:
- Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down.
- Take a normal breath. Then try a deep breath.
- Breathe in slowly through your nose, allowing your chest and lower belly to rise as you fill your lungs. Let your abdomen expand fully.
- Now breathe out slowly through your mouth (or your nose, if that feels more natural).