Your lungs work tirelessly, sending oxygen into your bloodstream to be delivered to every cell in your body. As you inhale your diaphragm contracts to make room for your lungs to expand and take in oxygen, as you exhale your diaphragm relaxes forcing air to be expelled from your lungs – at least this is how breathing should work. However, over two-thirds of the population are not actually using their diaphragms to breathe, resulting in shallow breathing which weakens this muscle and results in loss of lung elasticity. Shallow breathing uses the neck, back and chest muscles to assist with breathing, leading to muscle fatigue and causing emotional, mental, physical and spiritual tension.
Conversely, deep breathing activates your diaphragm and increases lung capacity. With regular deep breathing, you exercise your diaphragm muscle and expand the air pockets within your lungs, which are then able to clear out toxins and deliver oxygen to the blood at a greater rate. With this oxygen boost, your body gets the oxygen it needs for exercise, proper cell function and a range of other bodily processes – promoting harmony, health, and balance.