Full 3-Stage Breathing

When I am not aware, I tend to forget to use the full capacity of my lungs. It is a bit like flying an aircraft that was designed with four engines, but using only three or two of the engines. It can still fly but not in an optimal manner.

For me getting into full 3-stage breathing, as my natural breathing mode (without being aware of my breath) is almost as hard as emptying my busy mind from any thought.

Taking a full breath of air, which is supposed to be a very natural action, has become an exercise for itself.

There are 3 steps in full breathing.

Step 1: inhaling filling the abdomen so it becomes like a watermelon.

Step 2: further inhaling by expanding the rib-cage.

Step 3: further inhaling, inflating the very top part of the lungs.

Exhaling in reverse order, emptying the top part of the lungs, contracting the rib-cage and finally deflating the bottom of the lungs by pressing the abdomen towards the spine.

3-stage breathing is the foundation of many other exercises. For the sake of simplicity and synchronicity, that is, the ability to syntonize full 3-stage breathing with other exercises, it is convenient to change the count to an even number such as 2 or 4.

In a full 2-stage breathing, steps 2 and 3 are unified to inflating the lungs.

Step 1: inhaling filling the abdomen so it becomes like a watermelon.

Step 2: further inhaling by expanding the rib-cage and the very top part of the lungs.

In a full 4-stage breathing, step 1 is divided in mid-abdomen and full abdomen.

Step 1: inhaling filling the abdomen to the middle.

Step 2: further inhaling, filling the abdomen fullest, so it becomes like a watermelon.

Step 3: further inhaling by expanding the rib-cage.

Step 4: further inhaling, inflating the very top part of the lungs.

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