Maybe practicing breathing and form separately, and going from there? In addition, note that all breathing uses the diaphragm. There is/there are correct ways to breathe but oversimplifications such as belly button are just that – oversimplifications for convenience. So if I were you I’d find a good breathing teacher (yoga teacher) and start practicing, and not overthink it 🙂
I thoughti would start a topic on this since it just came up on another thread and I’m really curious about it!
Breathing… Basically, what is the right way?!
I’ve been trying to teach myself to do diaphramatic breathing and it’s been a huge struggle to let my stomach be loose enough to allow the breathing but to engage my stabilizers and feel smooth and stable while running!
As it sounds like a few of you I have asthma as well (always had the exercise induced version and never had a scary experience with it so I would rather avoid any inhalers if I can – I’m not out to have by peak performances these days so no need to use inhalers if I can just slow down!)
Anyway, I have also noticed I really struggle with altitude (Rainier was doable for me this spring but man it wasn’t fun!). I don’t know if the two are related at all but I figure it can’t hurt to really learn how to get that oxygen all the way in and benefit from it!
However, like I said, my form feels so much better when I suck in my gut, pull my navel up my spine stand really tall and stretch out my back… I feel smooth, my hips feel good and supported, my low back doesn’t feel crunched… But in that action I pull my breathing up into my chest.
Any thoughts on how to practice diaphramatic breathing, and how to also still keep form? Or how to still elongate my spine and stand tall? (and maybe I’m the only one with this issue and it’s just my problematic low back).
Curious to hear all of your thoughts! I sure could have posted this in general but I swear the men I talk to seem to just automatically belly breathe. And many of the younger women are the same. I suppose I’m self conscious of my belly and I don’t like feeling like it’s not sucked in, breathing in extends it and makes me feel fat, I know silly me, I’m working on getting over my issues!
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