Breathing Correct Method Of

Sources: Papers On Health

The capacity of an ordinary pair of

lungs is about 250 cubic inches. In ordinary breathing, however, we

only take in from 20 to 30 cubic inches. Hence the necessity for

practising correct deep breathing.

Correct breathing requires cultivation and effort at first, afterwards

it will become unconscious. The head should be thrown back, the

shoulders squared, and a slow deep breath gradually inspired through

the nose till the lungs are filled throughout with air. The expiration

should be just as gradual with relaxation of every muscle. It is most

important that the lower part of the chest should first be filled by

depressing the diaphragm (the muscular floor of the lungs). Some

practise is needed before this habit is acquired, but it is well worth

cultivating. Place the hands on the sides of the abdomen while

inspiring, to feel that this is expanding. Teachers of singing insist

on diaphragmatic breathing, which is also of great benefit to the

stomach, liver, and other organs. By the movement it gives to the

intestines their action is also assisted, and constipation is


This deep breathing may be practised several times each day (say ten

breaths at a time) till the habit of correct breathing is acquired. It

will be found to have a wonderfully soothing and calming effect (see

Worry). Such exercise should always be taken in the open-air, or in a

room with a widely open window. A good plan is to take them in bed

before rising, with little or no clothes on, while lying flat on the


Paleness, langour, irritability, and general ill-health result from

insufficient breathing. Furthermore, the system becomes unable to

resist disease. We know no aid to beauty more effective than the

practice of deep breathing.