Bellows Breathing

In this rigorous exercise, I push air abruptly in and out through my nose, primarily using the chest and ribcage muscles. The exercise improves my lung flexibility and strengthens my chest muscles.

The way I exercise ‘bellows’ breathing

  • Breathing: exclusive through the nose.
  • Position: I stand up with a straight back and close my eyes.
  • Reset my breathing.
  • Tilt my head backward, ensuring my windpipe is not restricted.
  1. Inhale rapidly through my nose, activating the chest and ribcage muscles; my arms stretch up as if I’m about to grab something over my head.
  2. Exhale rapidly through the nose, relaxing chest and ribcage muscles. My hands turn into fists as I pull them down forcefully toward my shoulders.
  3. Repeat until I get to the ‘hyperventilation sensation start’ on the tip of my tongue.
  4. Inhale in 3 parts and hold my breath until I reach the point of ‘air hunger start.’


Blacksmiths use bellows for churning up a fire, which sometimes creates confusion with other ‘fire exercises.’

‘Bellows’ breathing is a rapid, continuous, and rhythmic form of breathing exercise. I combine it with intensive breathing and synchronize it with my arm movements. My abdominal muscles are mildly engaged, but my navel moves back and forth. I minimally engage my diaphragm, using mainly the ribcage.

The inhaling and exhaling durations are equal parts.

Despite intensive breathing in this exercise, it takes time before I reach the ‘hyperventilation sensation start.’ I mostly shift air up and down my ‘dead space.’ As a result, part of the inhaled air does not expose to the exchange bubbles. If I  experience slight dizziness while exercising, I reduce the air volume going in and out.

Once holding my breath, I may experience slight dizziness. The breath hold offsets the excessive clearing of  Carbon-diOxide.