Want to know the 9-second secret for boosting your health and your mood?
Of course you do.
Well, take a deep breath cause here it is….
…. and there it went.
Breathing is fundamental. Duh. But how often do you think about it? Unless you regularly practice yoga or meditation, probably not often. Consider that you breathe about 23,000 time per day and the act of breathing is moving your body all the time without you thinking about it. Your breath literally shapes your body with millions and millions of reps.
So where’s the issue with breathing?
Simply put, the “stressed and squashed” lifestyle most of us live perpetuates a dysfunctional breathing pattern. This shows up as shallow “chest” breathing which involves the muscles of the shoulders, neck, traps, and chest to create the breathing movement rather than the diaphragm.
Left to its own devices, your respiratory system does just fine. Breath like a baby is the idea here.
If you are looking for breathing techniques for running, stretching, yoga, and even strength training, it doesn’t get much better than the Crocodile Breath.
All you need to do is lie face-down and think about pushing your belly down against the floor as you inhale. This will encourage diaphragmatic breathing and is great for the low back after a long period of sitting.