Yoga for Beginners: What is the Abdominal Breathing?

Abdominal breathing is one of the most recommended exercises in yoga, to promote conscious breathing and inner calm to give us a few seconds. Only this form of breathing we can generate significant physical and mental changes. For example, it is an excellent tool for energy and fill us to return to our center. It is useful to control anxiety and is often recommended as a relaxation technique. We can return to it several times a day on a daily basis, while performing any activity.

Yoga for Beginners What is the Abdominal Breathing

In addition, some of its benefits are more oxygen in the blood and into the cells; by movement of the diaphragm, giving a massage to the heart, improves circulation and helps in the digestive process; It is also a tool for emotional stability and tranquility.

Abdominal breathing fully involves using the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity.

By exerting downward pressure it causes the abdomen to expand and allows air into the lungs (causing pressure on the digestive organs) and in the same way, leaving the air, the diaphragm relaxes and the abdomen contracts ( making a stimulant to the heart massage).

At most we are surprised that our abdomen swell if breathe properly, but what we allow to breathe fully and naturally. This is due to the diaphragm that by making downward pressure when we inhale from the bottom of our lungs, leads to the abdomen to expand. The diaphragm is an internal muscle that we have little knowledge and is essential for the proper functioning of our organs and for optimal breath, with all the benefits that entails.

The most important muscles involved in breathing are those in the abdominal wall, the small muscles between the ribs and diaphragm. This is located in the middle of the torso and separates the chest from the abdominal cavity. When we inhale, the diaphragm expands, moving down and thus creating more space in the chest, and allowing the lungs to take outside air. When we exhale the diaphragm contracts, reducing the space in the chest and allowing air to escape.

According to, yoga is inspired by newborn babies, who still have their natural breathing. When they are lying you can see how they breathe freely, inflating and deflating his tummy. You can also see a little puppy. Both are integrated with the universe, confident and open to life, being who they are, living the present moment. Expand all of their lungs to take a breath and then exhale deeply, breathing rhythmically and deeply, and then completely emptying them again and again. It is said that children have so much energy and radiate magnetism and vitality. People who know the management of prana  and have an extraordinary presence know.

How is abdominal breathing

In order to learn to  breathe fully , and in addition to the practices of  pranayama , it is common in yoga begin by familiarizing ourselves with abdominal breathing. To practice, I start lying on your back comfortably. Put your hands on your abdomen (where it is the navel) and breathe through your nose, slowly and with awareness. Make use of all your lung capacity when you inhale, pause, and then exhale all the air to empty your lungs.

Do you feel how your abdomen rises when inhaling and how completely deflates and shrinks slightly when exhaling? If the movement originates elsewhere, you can concentrate on making your hands rise to inhale and exhale down. To see more clearly the movement, you can use a book or pad on your abdomen. Abdominal breathing will make you feel calm, focused mind with more and more energy. You can even make us feel more positive.

When we are aware our lung capacity, involving the lower part of the lungs and therefore full utilization of the diaphragm, we can move to the full breath . These exercises are exploring our breathing easy. Stimulate the brain, we are filled with prana, stimulate our bodies and our subtle bodies , quickly they bring us to the present moment and calm the mind.