Straw Breathing For Lungs, Heart, Digestion: Belly/ Diaphragmatic Breathing
Benefit: A 2009 study found evidence that diaphragmatic breathing improved the quality of life for patients with asthma. A scientific statement From the American Heart Association claims, “a short period of deep breathing has been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure”.
Technique: Belly or Diaphragmatic Breathing.
Uses: To aid lung, heart, and digestive issues.
Step 1. Place straw between closed flat lips.
Step 2. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly just below your ribs.
Step 3. Inhale through your nose feeling the hand on your belly rise as your stomach expands with air.
Step 4. Exhale through the straw feeling your hand fall as your belly deflates.
Step 5. Repeat this breathing cycle as recommended.
TIP: The hand on your chest should not move.