Deep Breathing


  • to slow your breathing down
  • decrease the amount of oxygen in the blood
  • with practice, decreases anxiety and stress
  • for intentional relaxation

Breathing Instructions:

  1. Find your diaphragm by placing both hands on your belly. Push the air in and see how elastic the diaphragm is. It will inflate and deflate like a balloon.
  2. Sit or lay in a comfortable position. Recliners are great with your feet raised.
  3. Inflate you diaphragm slowly to the count of 4 by bringing the air in through your nose.
  4. Hold your breath for 1 second and prepare to blow the air through your mouth to the count of 4 the first time, 6 the second, and 8 seconds the third time.
  5. In between these 3 very deep breaths, take medium sized breathes, but still use your diaphragm and blow through your mouth.
  6. The longer it takes to exhale the air, the greater the relaxation will be.

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