Have you ever heard about baby breathing? Or in other words embryonic breathing? This is one of the most important techniques in I.M. Meditation method.
Baby breathing is basically the technique that babies breathe. Everyone used to breathe using this technique when we were babies but while growning up we trained ourselves to lose the ability to use this technique. So, what is really baby breathing?
You might have heard about the term “Diaphragmatic Breathing”. Diaphragmatic, Embryonic or Baby breathing, say it as you wish, is the correct way to breathe if you want to receive the most of energy around you without wasting the energy you have already had inside you. How can you do it? Easily.
Baby breathing helps you to breathe deep without putting too much effort. Now let’s take a look at the mechanisms they work in order to breath deep and how you can activate them.
First of all you need to inhale the right way in order to push the air as low as possible. This will allow your diaphragm to move as low as possible leaving more space to the lungs to fill with oxygen. You can use many techniques in order to push the diaphragm as low as possible. The easiest one is by using your imagination. While diaphragm moves down it pushes your organs to move out of its way. The organs have nowhere to go so they push your abs to move outward. This has as result the expansion of your belly towards every direction. It feels like you have a huge balloon inside your belly. This is the imagination you can use in order to push the air as low as possible. Let’s take a look on how to inhale deep using your imagination.
1. Inhale normal. Don’t force the air to move low or your belly to expand. This must be the result.
2. While inhaling imagine a balloon that inflates inside your belly. This will cause the air to move as low as possible pushing the diaphragm to move downwards.
3. Now it’s time for exhalation. Exhalation must be long in order to remove the whole CO2 from your lungs. This will help you to receive more oxygen in the next inhalation. In order to exhale long, simply let your diaphragm return to its normal position without forcing it. Just relax your muscles and let it return to its position. In order to help you push the whole air out of your lungs use your imagination again. Imagine the inflated balloon on your belly starting to deflate slowly.
Baby breathing must happen naturally. Don’t push yourself to do anything. Simply inhale and exhale while imagining the balloon that inflates and deflates inside your belly. So simple.
Baby breathing can be deeper but we will talk about this in another article. My goal in this article is to help you send the air as low as possible in order to be able to receive more oxygen and release more CO2. Of course there are more breathing techniques that focus on different benefits. We will talk about them in the future.
Keep in mind to use your nose for inhalation. Preferably for exhalation too. Avoid breathing in through mouth because it dries the air and makes breathing more difficult.
Baby breathing is very effective. Practise it every day for a couple of minutes. It helps you release stress, fill your body with energy, slow down your heart rate and many more.
Do you enjoy baby breathing?
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