How is your breathing?

Relaxation exercises

Most people under breathe or breathe too shallowly, breathing from the chest area or even just the throat. You should breathe from the abdomen and the diaphragm. If you watch a baby or a young child breathe, you will see that he does this naturally. His tummy rises as he breathes in, and it falls as he breathes out. It is only later in life that we acquire poor, rushed, anxious breathing habits.

Learning to breathe

Singers are taught to breathe as children do, from the abdomen.

Breathing from your abdomen can induce a feeling of calm and relaxation and can be an excellent way to regain perspective during a stressful day.

Five Minutes Rest – Breathing Exercises

Standing:

Simply stand with shoulders relaxed….Feel your breath slowly coming up from the abdomen…At the same time feel the diaphragm and rib cage expanding…Hold the breath for a moment and then let it out very gradually.

Lying down:

Lie on the floor with palms facing upwards and your arms outstretched….Relax your body, working upwards from the feet…Lie still for a few minutes before getting up slowly.