Straight jacket breathing

In this exercise, I create a straight jacket effect by hugging myself and limiting my lung expansion. The exercise simulates restricted breathing.

The way I exercise ‘straight jacket’ breathing

  • Breathing: exclusive through the nose.
  • Position: I sit comfortably with a straight back, relax my tongue and jaw, and close my eyes.
  • Reset my breathing.
  • Hug myself so that my palms cover my shoulders.
  1. Inhale, fully in 3 parts against the restriction.
  2. Exhale deeply in 3 parts.
  3. Hold my breath and turn my body from side to side.
  4. Repeat for a few rounds.


The self-hugging with my hands half circling my upper body makes it difficult to inflate my ribcage. The resistance strengthens my ribcage and chest breathing muscles.

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