Belly Breathing Tips

How often do you breathe using your belly?
I’ve spent the past few months diving deep into the practice of mindful breathwork & it has changed the game for me.

I’ve been recommending mindful breathwork to many of my current patients & they’ve been experiencing benefits for everything from anxiety & insomnia,to heartburn & migraines.

We know that breathing brings in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide.While our lungs do the heavy lifting,several other muscles assist the overall breathing process, namely the diaphragm.Most of us are used to breathing in a relatively shallow & quick fashion.We just kind of go through the motions using our chest.Most of us are unaware that we can actually go deeper & make breathing a far more useful therapeutic tool.

With mindful breath,we invite radical presence,honesty, peace, calm, &more.We release stress,fear,negativity,suppression, stagnation, & more.The constant steady intentional inhale & exhale function as an energetic pump system that leaves you transformed, revitalized & most notably for me- clear.

I personally have enjoyed breathwork through various in-person experiences as well as apps &videos. All have supported me in going deeper & vibrating higher.

I frequently recommend simple mindful breathing exercises that folks can implement into their daily lives.

•MINDFULNESS: Square breathing: Take one deep breath in for 4 seconds.Hold at the top of the inhale for 4 seconds. Then exhale for a full 8 seconds.Pause.Repeat 4 times.
•GRATITUDE: When you wake up in the morning, place one hand on your heart and one hand on your abdomen. Breathe in for 8 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds.Make sure that you can feel both your chest and abdomen push up against your hands.
•STRESS-RELIEF: When entering situations that feel especially stressful (having a difficult conversation, opening a full email inbox, etc),take 3 long deep breaths right beforehand to ground yourself.
•DIGESTION: During your meals, try to eat in a relaxed environment, without distractions. Slow down by taking 3 deep breaths between each bite.

In health,
Dr. Naika

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Dr. Naika, the writer of this blog, has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!