Deep Breathing Exercises

Each of the deep respirations consists of a very full inhalation through the nose, and a deep, steady exhalation also through the nose. Place the hands on the hips, the elbows well out, not forced backwards.
The rules of inhalation are (see Fig 1):

  1. Distend the nostrils and move the lower ribs as far as
    possible outwards.
  2. Stretch the whole upper part of the trunk.
  3. Do not arch the upper chest into a cramped position.
  4. Keep the abdomen naturally relaxed.

And the rules for exhalation (see Fig 2):

  1. Let the ribs and the whole upper part of the trunk sink down.
  2. Draw the lower ribs inwards and together as much as possible.
  3. Keep the abdomen naturally relaxed.

Common faults in this deep breathing are: during inhalation – drawing the abdomen inwards, bending the head too far backwards, forcing the shoulders back instead of lifting them, sucking the air into the nose with a loud noise so that the nostrils are partly closed; during exhalation – bending the body too much forwards instead of contracting the chest, keeping the abdomen fixed or drawn inwards, breathing the air out forcibly through the mouth. In “My Breathing System” I have scientifically proved that exhalation through the mouth after nasal inhalation – which unfortunately is still often taught – is absolutely wrong.

Deep Breathing Exercise JP Muller