Belly-breathing fills your lungs fully, slows your breathing rate,
and helps you relax.
Place one hand on your belly just below the ribs
and the other hand on your chest. You can do this while standing, but it may be
more comfortable while you are lying on the floor with your knees
Take a deep breath through your nose. As you inhale, let your
belly push your hand out. Keep your chest still.
As you exhale
through pursed lips as though you were whistling, feel your hand go down. Use
the hand on your belly to help you push all the air out. Take your time
Repeat these steps 3 to 10 times. Take your time with
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