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Breathing the Proper Way
Posted 12/3/09

Inhalation
1. The least understood part of breathing is inhalation. Most people take only very shallow breaths that only use the top half of their lungs, leaving stale air in the lower half that does not provide essential oxygen to the body or excrete harmful waste-products. These shallow breaths usually originate in the sinuses; they cause the abdomen to move inward and the shoulders to lift. But correct, natural breathing is precisely the opposite. Inhalation is properly the function of the diaphragm, a band of muscle beneath the lungs. When the diaphragm moves downward, the air pressure in the lungs decreases, which causes air to rush in. The ribs expand outward, but the chest remains passive.

Exhalation
2. There should also be no strain in proper exhalation. It is, after all, as simple as just relaxing. Allowing the weight of the collar bone and ribs to reduce the size of the lungs will cause the air to naturally move outward to the lower pressure outside. The diaphragm also moves upward into its original position during exhalation, further decreasing the size of the lung cavity and increasing the air pressure inside the lungs. Complete exhalation is an important part of proper breathing, but it should not be necessary to force air out to achieve this.

Learning to Breathe
3. One of the reasons why breathing and meditation are so closely associated is because learning how to breathe property requires focused attention and awareness. One of the best ways to become aware of your breathing is to lie flat on your back with your arms down at your side and your feet relaxed. Gradually become aware of the rate of your breath and the movements of your abdomen. There should be a gentle rise in your belly as you inhale, and your chest cavity should expand outward. During exhalation, the stomach should move back lower, and the ribs should contract. If necessary, put a book on your navel to help you see the motion. When practicing, breathe as deeply and slowly as possible without straining. Proper breathing should be easy.

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So do you breath the proper way?

(Lol. Lock if it seems stupid/pointless/lacks discussion :P)
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Posted 12/3/09
nope
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nope.
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Posted 12/3/09
Er..no
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Posted 12/3/09
is this scientifically proved?
Posted 12/3/09

blue-y wrote:

is this scientifically proved?


I saw it on Oprah too O_O (by mistake >_>)
Posted 12/3/09
nope, i breath through my mouth.. no i really do xD
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I breath my way. I do what I want.

Revolutionary thinking isn't it?
Posted 12/3/09
The only time I control breathing is during a fight, inhale and exhale for attack. Same with workouts, for example a sit up, when your down you inhale, then exhale as you come up. Getting a piercing, they always tell you to breath in really deep and exhale, the moment you exhale they stick the needle through wherever your getting pierced. If your having root canal surgery in the dentist, the numbing part can be painful and pretty much everything else during the surgery so the dentist told me to breath shallow breaths to deal with the pain, it didn't work.

Posted 12/3/09
It's pretty difficult when you have upper respiratory problems such as asthma, though.
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apparently even with my chain smoking, I am still breathing properly. wait.. that didn't sound out right..
Posted 12/3/09
who actually even thinks about that? people just breathe & move on.
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Apparently not. :O
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Of course I do.

BTW i'm the sexiest one here.
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Posted 12/3/09
Don't tell me how to breathe >__>..
I'm perfectly fine..
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