Deep Breathing

Extending life

Learning to Breath

This is Part 1

Deep Breath

I will write how to learn to breath correctly. I will explain the benefits to correct breathing and how to learn to practice this routine. The deep breathing is called Pranayama and pronounced
[praah-naah-yaah-muh]. Prana’ refers to the ‘life force’ or energy.


The yoga purpose of breath training is not to over-ride the body’s autonomic systems;

although there is clear evidence that pranayama breathing techniques can effect oxygen consumption and metabolism (Jerath et al., 2006).

In fact, much of the aim of pranayama breathing appears to shift the autonomic nervous system away from its sympathetic (excitatory) dominance. (Jerath et al., 2006) explains that Pranayama breathing has been shown to Positively Affect:

Immune Function
Autonomic Nervous System Imbalances
Psychological or stress-related disorders.

However, although, Cooper S, et al, 2003 found that breathing technique could improve symptoms and that you could reduce the use of inhalator, the trial led by Cooper S et al, showed that it appeared not to change the bronchial responsiveness or lung function in patients with asthma. Hence, Kenneth R. Et al, (2010), gives out a caution and some key points to take in seriously. These points and Keys are that;

The approach to and management of severe asthma is a complex process best implemented in specialized centres.

It is crucial to confirm the diagnosis;
check inhaler technique and compliance;

Explore potential triggers;

  • environmental
  • occupational exposures
  • exclude rare syndromes.

Asthma of any severity, particularly if uncontrolled, is associated with increased morbidity and mortality.
Therapy in severe asthma must be tailored to the individual patient and monitored regularly.

Begining of Life.

Joel McPherson, M.A., H.R.M., 2002, explained that infants, begin with the correct deep breathing, which to the babies comes naturally. He explains that should you observe a baby as it breathes you will see their stomach rise and fall with each breath.

However, as we get older and mature into adults we tend to loose that ability to breathe into the stomach. For various reasons we loose that ability to breathe into our stomach.

How to learn Deep Breathing?

You could join

  • A meditation Class.
  • A Yoga Class

For Meditation I have an online Meditation Practice all done on Skype
You could learn yourself.

How to Practice Yourself?

Is it hard?

No, you could practice Deep Breathing, by;

  • Standing
  • Sitting
  • Lying in a Supine Position (face up)
  • Lying in a Prone Position (face down)
  • Prone Position, try to place your hands beneath your forehead for comfort or turn your face to the side.


So, how to begin?

1. Mouth shut, deep breath through your nose. This is a guideline as breathing through your mouth could cause dehydration. Should you have sinus problems seek medical guidance before practicing Deep Breathing.

2. Place one hand/book on your abdomen and one on your chest.

3. As you inhale, bring the breath down to your abdomen. Imagine that you are inflating a balloon. At this stage you do not need to count how long to inhale. The important part is to learn. Feel your hand/book rising, your chest should barely move, unless you breath so deeply that you can feel you neck muscles, but this will be in part 2.

4. Exhale through your mouth, feel your hand/book lowering, as if the balloon was deflating.

  • 1st Image Exhaling
  • 2nd Image Inhaling



Joel McPherson, M.A., H.R.M., 2002, Breathe Some Life into your Life,

Kenneth R. Chapman, MD, Andrew McIvor, MD MSc (2010)

Jerath et al, 2006, cited in; Sarah Novotny and Len Kravitz, Ph.D., The Science of Breathing,

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