When I learned how to breathe into my belly, my life was changed forever!
Not breathing into my belly was adversely affecting my health even as a young teenager but I did not realize that. I had stomach aches all the time and was medicated with little yellow pills for it during my teens. It was worse when I was stressed.
My Story – How Breathing Changed My Life Forever
One week in the 70′s I found myself in a very stressful situation that caused so much stomach pain I was literally walking around bent over. I could not stand upright due to pain and wasn’t breathing into my belly but didn’t realize it. It became so bad I was hospitalized and given Demerol which took away the pain and of course made me feel high. Being in my 20’s that seemed fun for a bit but even back then I was all about being natural so I did not want to be taking chemicals into my body.
I left the hospital with those same little yellow pills I had taken in my teens (not sure what they were called but they made it painless). I knew I had to do something but what?
Relaxing seemed a way forward so I enrolled in a yoga class, a friend was teaching and this is when I learned how to breathe. Every morning, I would do yoga and everyday practice breathing into my belly while lying on my bed. It was important to totally focus on doing it as it was so not what I was accustomed to doing. Whenever I noticed the stomach pain returning I would lie down and practice breathing.
Later I would practice belly breathing whenever I was sitting around, then when quietly walking and anytime I remembered during the day. Naturally, I found myself breathing into my belly consistently. It is not a noticeable deep breathing just naturally breathing into my whole body gently.
Mostly, we do not learn to breathe properly. Knowing how to and relax is a skill that has served me well for many years, and I urge everyone to learn it.
Another thing I have learned from coaching others is that constipation which is so common is often due to not breathing into the belly. When the people I work with learn to breathe into their lower abdomen they begin to have regular bowel movements.
One thing I learned is that it is good to breathe in and out of your nose, not your mouth.