Gorilla pounding breathing

When gorillas want to express dominance, they stand up and rapidly pound their chests with their fists in quick succession. They also produce a sound with their vocal cords while they beat their hairy front part.

In this exercise, I simulate a gorilla’s chest pounding while humming. The exercise physically vibrates my lungs and induces a cleanup.

How I exercise ‘gorilla-pounding breathing’:


  • I stand with a straight back and close my eyes.
  • Reset my breathing if needed.
  • Breathe exclusively through the nose as in 3-part breathing.
  1. Inhale fully in 3 parts.
  2. During the exhale, with loose fists, I rapidly tap all over my ribcage while humming through my nose.
  3. Repeat for a few rounds.

I try to cover most of my ribcage and my backside when pounding. My pounding is mild, and I don’t use too much force.