Depth and Diaphragm
Depth & Diaphragm
You want the air to reach down to the lower part of the abdomen. The diaphragm is a parachute shaped muscle that lines the rib cage (attached to the lower ribs, sternum, and the back of our spine at the tip of our navel) It should be responsible for 70 – 80% of our breathing. As you engage the diaphragm it lowers and creates a vacuum and allows for more air to enter your lungs and on relaxation easily and effortlessly allows you to exhale. This ensures we circulate stagnant air and also gets air into the deepest part of the lungs where there is more blood flow and more efficient oxygen exchange.
Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing:
Improved Gas Exchange
Moves Lymphatic Fluid, (engages back and shoulders) – minimal effort for maximum return.
Depth also has to do with volume, we don’t want to confuse depth with big breaths, breathing should be quiet and volume reduced, slow and deep.