Stimulating & invigorating breathing exercise
Belly pumping is a very intensively exercise activating the abdominal muscles while retaining the breath.
We start by emptying the lungs, (top – middle and last the abdomen) as much as possible. We lean forward a few times, in order to “squeeze out” the last bit of air.
While lungs (and “abdomen”) are empty, we use the diaphragm muscles, to push the abdomen in and out. Contrary to the Breath of fire, where on the inhale muscles are relaxed, in Belly pumping diaphragm muscles are used to push the stomach back and forth.
We keep with the back-and-forth movement as long as we can retain the breath and then inhale.
Comparing: Breath of Fire / Bellows Breathing / Belly Pumping
All three types of breathing are rapid and intensive.
“Breath of fire” is an inhaling and exhaling exercise using the diaphragm to forcefully push out the air from the lower part of the lungs (abdomen). It is a stomach breathing, where the diaphragm is use to expel air from the abdomen, exhaling. Inhaling occurs passively (inertia), by releasing the diaphragm muscle tension.
“Bellows breathing” is an inhaling and exhaling exercise focusing on the upper part of the lungs, avoiding as much as possible movement of the abdomen. Air is inhaled forcefully and exhaled forcefully
“Belly pumping” is a retention exercise. After maximum air is expelled from the lungs, the diaphragm muscles are used to push the stomach forward and backward rapidly, while holding the breath.