Diaphragmatic breathing

Instead of going through every stage of the 3-part breathing technique, I can repeat only the first stage, predominantly engaging my diaphragm. The diaphragm flattens when it gets to maximum amplitude after I finish inhaling. It returns to its neutral dome shape when I complete the exhaling.

Yogis claim we ‘reside’ deep down in the bottom of the lungs, and those who breathe shallowly avoid getting in touch with themselves.

So, I practice a breathing method that focuses on the bottom of my lungs. I do that by using my diaphragm muscles to the maximum amplitude.

A trained and toned diaphragm muscle which can expand in 360⁰ is like a well-tuned engine. When engaged, the bottom parts of my lungs flood with air; this is where I have the most efficient gas exchange. When my diaphragm expands only forward and not backward, the result is limited ‘flap diaphragmatic breathing.’ When it expands in 360⁰, I breathe fully diaphragmatically.

My abdominal muscles are relaxed and minimally engaged when I breathe diaphragmatically. The main advantages of breathing predominantly with my diaphragm are:

  • I move air down to the most absorption-efficient area in my lungs.
  • Send signals of relaxation to my ‘breathing app.’
  • Massage some of my vital organs.
  • Encourage bowel movement.
  • Reduce the chance of expelling too much Carbon-diOxide from my bloodstream compared to 3-part-breathing.