This is the 5th in a series of posts exploring various breathing techniques. All of them are momentary aids to relieve stress & tension, to re-energize, re-focus and/or just feel good.
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The 5th technique to explore is called weighted belly breathing.
You can lie down for this one.
While you are lying down, there are a few options for your leg-position:
- Legs bent at about 90 degress with feet flat on the floor.
- Legs raised so your calves are parallel to the floor; knees & hips at 90 degrees.
- Feet brought about halfway toward your bum, with knees sprayed out to the side.
- Any position that feels comfortable.
If you feel more comfortable with a thin pillow underneath your head, use it.
As long as you are lying down, you will then find a light weight to place a finger or two below your navel. Then feel your belly rising on your inhalation and lowering on your exhalation.
This approach draws your attention to your belly primarily for relaxation.
And if you have something on your mind, whether it’s a creative solution you want to solve or you’re working through a day-to-day problem, this passive position works wonders.