Sit with your spine erect, or lie down on your back. Begin taking long, slow, and deep breaths through the nostrils.
As you inhale, allow the belly to fill with air, drawing air deep into the lower lungs. As you exhale, allow the belly to deflate like a balloon. Repeat several times, keeping the breath smooth and relaxed, and never straining. Repeat several times.
Breathe into your belly as in Step #1, but also expand the mid-chest region by allowing the rib cage to open outward to the sides. Exhale and repeat several times.
Follow steps #1 and #2 and continue inhaling by opening the clavicular region or upper chest. Exhale and repeat.
Combine all three steps into one continuous or complete flow.
Promotes proper diaphragmatic breathing
relaxes the mind and body
oxygenates the blood and purges the lungs of residual carbon dioxide.