Do you know how to breathe correctly? |

What’s more automatic than breathing? By reading this article, you do it without thinking about it. Fortunately, that’s what you’re alive for. But if you have ever taken sophrology courses, you know that there are different ways to control this biological function and, above all, that the breath is one of the key elements in stress management. So Vice went to ask the question next to “respiratory performance coach”, Denzel Dion So: how to breathe better?

“There are three major issues that I commonly observe”commence Denzel Dion So. “The first noticeable problem is mouth breathing.” According to the specialist, this mouth breathing would be greatly ineffective. In question? Lower resistance to airflow “which makes the breathing rate much faster than it should be”. The coach also specifies that breathing through the nose allows a greater quantity of air to circulate in the «lower lobes of the lungs. Practice.

“The second problem is that most people breathe primarily from their upper chest”, explains the coach. This habit would decrease the activity of the diaphragm. As the main engine of breathing, not using it fully would then make the breathing much more shallow, and would be the cause “a feeling of suffocation”.

Finally, many people would breathe far too quickly, that is to say up to 16 to 20 breaths per minute, explains the specialist. According to him, the ideal would be to lower this range to 6 to 8 breaths per minute. All these bad habits have a price: ‘It’s no wonder so many people suffer from shortness of breath, brain fog and early onset fatigue’he comments.

The LSD Technique

No, we are not talking about a hallucinogenic substance, but about a technique that could help you improve your breathing: the so-called “LSD” process which means «light, slow and deep»is light, slow and deep in French.

The specialist recommends to inspire “a smaller volume of air” and perform a “soft exhalation through the nose”. Breathing should then be as light as a feather floating in the air. Regarding slowness and depth, “do your best to lengthen your breath and pause briefly at the end of the exhale”he advises.

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Denzel Dion So adds that during sleep, “it is strongly recommended to breathe through the nose”. But how do you consciously change the way you breathe while you sleep? “Train your breathing during the day. […] It will eventually overflow into your sleep”answers the specialist. “Sleeping on your side can also help open up your airways.” Voila, you are now a breathing pro.

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