Some practical tips on how to practise breathing.
If you want to learn how to breathe properly, correct posture is essential.
No, don’t stand like that! You are not a sack of potatoes.
Stand up straight, no, not so stiff …. you’re not on the parade ground!
Relax, stand with your weight equally on both feet, with your knees relaxed.
Bring your pelvis forward, straighten your back and release the tension fromyour shoulders.
You mustn’t look at the floor, nor at the ceiling. Look straight ahead of you.
Ok, that’s much better!
Now let’s see how to breathe properly.
Put your hand on your stomach. No, not there, a bit higher. That’s right.
Always breathe in through your nose. Fill your abdomen with air. You should also feel your hand move forward a little.
Hold your breath for a moment.
Breathe out slowly through your mouth, tightening your abdominal muscles.
Imagine you are an accordion or, even better, a balloon filling with air.
Imagine this is you abdomen. When the sound goes out … your abdomen goes flat … ok maybe it’s not such a great example. Imagine you’re an accordion.
Now try to get some practise.
Your breathing should be slow and deep.
Ok, that’s fine.
But of course, you don’t have to leave your hand on your stomach! You are not expecting a baby.