24 Mar Foundations: Breathing in Pilates – “Belly (Diaphragm) 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” 🤣!
What’s it good for?
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.
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To find a short deliberate pace, beginners workout that looks specifically these exercises go to the Foundations section of our video page.