Most of the muscles of the respiratory system are connected to the cervical and the
lumbar spine, so spinal alignment will affect the quality of your breath. With good posture, sitting on top of those sit bones looking up the rib cage so that when
your fingertips touch the hips and your thumbs the rib cage and it lengthens you’re in great shape. Touch your sternum. Give it a little lift. Pull your chin in. We’ll start with pursed-lipped breathing. It’s important to know how to control the rate of your breath with pursed-lipped
breathing You can just purse your lips as though you’re blowing out a candle or you’re about to whistle. Inhale through the nose… …and then exhale softly and slowly. Don’t force the air out. instead release
the breath gently, gradually and focus on lengthening the out breath at least twice as long as the in breath.
And gradually work up to even longer. This controlled pattern of breathing will prevent the premature collapse of the airways, so let’s try it. Breathe in through the nose…slowly breathe out. Again, breathe in Purse your lips. Breathe out slowly. Lengthen it. And let’s move to rib cage breathing. I want you to concentrate on expanding the ribs with that breath. So place your hands on the sides of your lower ribs. Now, you’re going to breathe in deep and low and push your ribs out against your hands. Let’s try it. Breathe in…and breathe out. Do it again. Breathe out, slow and controlled. Let’s do it again. Breathe in. Breathe out. And now we’ll go to back breathing. I want you to check your balance. Make sure you’re on your sit bones. Find that breast bone, and I want you to travel down to this little notch between your ribs. You can trace the ribs toward the back and then place your hands right back there. You’re going to breathe in and pretend you’re wearing an apron that’s on your back instead of your front, and it has pleats. And as you take your breath in the plates are going to open. So let’s try it. Can you feel that movement? Try it again. Let’s do one more. Breathe in…breathe out. Now we’ll move on to a variation of the pursed-lipped breathing. Here’s the variation that I really like. It’s relaxing the jaw; relaxing the lips; relaxing the mouth, and then placing the tip of the tongue just behind the front teeth, and you’ll inhale. And then, let it drop to the floor of your mouth and you’ll exhale. Okay, let’s try it. Tongue to the top, right behind. Now drop. Again, breathe in… …breathe out. We’ll do it one more time. Breathe in. Take the tongue to the top. Drop it. Great. Now, any tension in the jaw will react right here with the breath, so tension affects your breathing. Open your mouth wide and relax the jaw muscles. I want you to feel the weight of that jaw. We’ll close and open. Ready? Let’s open first, releasing the tension and then close. Can you feel how the tension is just leaving? including those for specialty conditions,
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