This controlled breathing exercise focuses on proper breathing technique and form.
A proper breath starts with gradual inhalation through the nose and into the belly, followed by a gradual and complete exhale.
The ideal rhythm to aim for is about 5 seconds in and 5 seconds out.
Now, sit comfortably with a straight back and place your hands softly on your lower abdomen.
When we breathe in through the nose, our hands should rise with our stomach as we engage the diaphragm. And when we breathe out, our hands should fall as our belly draws in towards the spine.
Try not to move your shoulders or chest at all during this exercise.
The audio clip below includes a prompt to help keep you on pace. Click below to begin this controlled breathing exercise.