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Pre-Pilates: Breathing in Pilates – “Belly (Diaphragm) Breathing”


Foundations: Breathing

Quick Intro: “Belly Breathing” = Diaphragm Breathing

This is a way of breathing in which the diaphragm flattens out and pushes the abdominal cavity downwards.  Because the abdominal contents can pass through the pelvic floor, the effect is that the belly balloons out – hence the commonly used term – “belly breathing” 🤣!


Why bother?

This is looked at in the “Breathing” post – here


Diaphragm Breathing – becoming aware

Breathing with the diaphragm – “Belly Breathing”.  A natural breath good for relaxation and stress relief.  Explore this type of breathing to understand how we breathe and to contrast it with the more “active” breathing explained below.


Imagine the dome of the diaphragm rising and lowering as you exhale and inhale.  Imagine that as you inhale, air is pouring into your body like water into a jug that gets filled from the bottom up.  This air (orwater if you like the image) puffs out the belly.


Any Questions?

Ask away – I love to help!  Click here for the Contact Page 🙂 – or leave a comment at the bottom of the post – see you there…
To find a short deliberate pace, beginners workout that looks specifically these exercises go to the Foundations section of our video page.
Miguel 🙂

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