Guided Diaphragmatic Breathing Practice

August 26, 2014    BY Rolf Sovik

This short, guided practice will help you establish deep, even, and smooth diaphragmatic breathing, if you do it regularly. As you lie on your back with your head supported, you’ll soften the way you hold your body and then bring awareness to your breathing, feeling your abdomen rise and fall as your inhalation and exhalation flow smoothly into one another. As the practice continues, you’ll begin to sense that you're the quiet observer of your body breathing and that your nervous system, mind, and whole body are relaxing deeply. 

Prop: thin cushion.

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Rolf Sovik
President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga:... Read more>>

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