Breathing for health exercise

By Healthweb | May 18, 2015

Sit comfortably in an upright chair with your back supported and your feet on the floor.

Place your hands on either side of your lower ribcage with your fingers resting on your upper belly.

Take a gentle breath in to your hands, feeling for the rounding of your abdomen. Appreciate the sensation of your fingers moving gently apart as your abdomen rounds. Allow this to happen.

As you breathe out your abdomen narrows whilst the fingers of each hand move toward each other.

Continue with this gentle breathing pattern for several minutes. Allow any thoughts to drift away by returning your focus to breathing movements occurring at your hands.

When you feel ready to end the exercise, take a full breath in and out. Then return your awareness to the place you are sitting in. Slowly continue with your daily activities.