Nostril flaring breathing
In this exercise, I tense and relax my nostril muscles rhythmically. The exercise activates my nostril muscles and improves my ability to maintain balance.
How I exercise ‘nostril-flaring breathing’:
- I sit comfortably with a straight back, relax my tongue and jaw, and close my eyes.
- Reset my breathing if needed.
- Breathe diaphragmatically and exclusively through my nose.
- In the first two counts, inhale fully to reach maximum diaphragm amplitude.
- In the following four counts, exhale until my diaphragm returns to its neutral dome shape.
- On the next count, tilt my head back and flair my nostrils.
- Hold my breath until I gently reach the point of ‘air hunger start.’
- Tilt my head forward.
- Repeat for a few rounds.
Nostril muscles are just like any other muscle; not using these muscles for an extended period may lead to a limitation, or even loss, of the ability to flair the nostrils.
I emphasize nostril flaring when holding my breath, but it’s also possible to flair the nostrils in other breathing stages. For example, flaring my nostrils when inhaling or exhaling. I sometimes imagine there is a flower close to my nose and that I’m smelling its pleasant scent while flaring my nostrils.