Have you ever heard about baby breathing? Or, in other words, embryonic breathing? Baby Breathing is one of the essential techniques in the I.M. Meditation method.
Baby breathing is the technique that babies breathe. Everyone used to live using this technique when we were babies, but while growing up, we trained ourselves to lose the ability to use this technique. So, what is 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 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 deeply without putting in too much effort. Now let’s look at the mechanisms they work on breathing deep and how you can activate them.
First, you must inhale the right way to push the air as low as possible. This technique will allow your diaphragm to move as low as possible, leaving more space for the lungs to fill with oxygen. You can use many methods to push the diaphragm as low as possible. The easiest one is to use your imagination. While the diaphragm moves down, it forces your organs to move out of their way. The organs have nowhere to go, so they push your abs to expand outwardly. The result of it is the expansion of your belly in every direction. It feels like you have a giant balloon inside your belly. You can use this image to help you push the air as low as possible. Let’s take a look at how to inhale profoundly using your imagination.
- Inhale normally. Don’t force the air to move low or your belly to expand. This expansion must be the result.
- While inhaling, imagine a balloon that inflates inside your belly. This image will cause the air to move as low as possible, pushing the diaphragm downwards.
- Now, it’s time for exhalation. Exhalation must be long to remove the whole CO2 from your lungs. Long exhalations will help you to receive more oxygen in the next inhalation. To exhale long, let your diaphragm return to its normal position without forcing it. Just relax your muscle and allow the diaphragm to return to its place. Use your imagination again to help you push the whole air out of your lungs. Imagine the inflated balloon on your belly starting to deflate slowly.
Baby breathing must happen naturally. Don’t push yourself to do anything. Inhale and exhale while imagining the balloon that inflates and deflates inside your belly.
Baby breathing can be more profound, but we will discuss this in another article. This article aims to help you send the air as low as possible to receive more oxygen and release more CO2. Of course, more breathing techniques 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 the mouth because it dries the air and makes breathing more difficult.
Baby breathing is very effective. Practice it every day for a couple of minutes. It helps you release stress, fill your body with energy, slow your heart rate, and many more.
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