3 part converted breathing
I naturally walk with a 2-count rhythm because I have two legs (left, right, left, right, etc). Similarly, using an even beat rhythm is convenient while still maintaining the 3-part breathing technique.
Converting 3-part breathing
2-count conversion of 3-part inhale:
In a 2-count inhale, Steps 2 and 3 merges into one as I inflate my lungs:
- In one count, I inhale and inflate my stomach in 360⁰ to the maximum diaphragm amplitude.
- On the consecutive count, I inhale and combinedly inflate my ribcage in 360⁰, followed by inflating my
For a 2-count exhale, perform the above steps in reverse order.
4-count conversion of 3-part inhale:
In a 4-count inhale, I divide Step 1 into the front and back movements of the diaphragm:
- In one count, I inhale and inflate the front half of my stomach.
- On the second count, I inhale and inflate the other half (my back) of my stomach.
- On the third count, I continue the inhalation to inflate my ribcage fully.
- On the fourth count, I finish the inhalation by inflating my chest.
For a 4-count exhale, perform the above steps in reverse order.
Note: To inflate the front and back halves of the stomach one after the other is for the purpose of practice. The more effective way of doing it is by inflating it in 360⁰, as in the 2-count inhalation (to be explained in detail).