Why work on breathing?
The average adult breathes 12-20 times per minute. Improving the way your body breathes can have lasting and constant effects on overall health. The great thing about breathing exercises is that some of them can be complete in near silence, in almost any setting.
Many experts encourage good standing posture when working breath. I say, if it comes down to not completing the exercises or completing them while seated, then it’s okay to do them while seated. But do be mindful of your posture.
Breathing Exercise Videos
Sandbag or Weighted Breathing, LynnFrasierStillpoint
This is one of my favorite exercises. I can do it for as long as an hour. It has helped to strengthen my diaphragm as well as treat my middle-of-the-night bouts with insomnia. You can use a bag of rice, or anything heavyish like that. Your diaphragm might feel shaky when first doing this exercise. DO NOT fall asleep with weight on your stomach. NEVER use weighted breathing on small children, as they can suffocate.
Eric Arceneaux’s Mini-Course on Breathing
I have taken full courses from Eric through Udemy. His lessons on breathing have been super helpful to my breath training. I’m not sold on his emphasis on vocal fry, but other than that, his lessons are stellar.
1 – The Diaphragm
2 – The Diaphragm, Part 2
3 – The Diaphragm, Part 3
4- The Diaphragm, Part 4
5 – Advanced Breathing Lesson
6- Advanced Breathing Lesson, Part 2