Hi all! This month I thought we would tackle another FAQ and do some myth busting around breathing.
With these myths in mind can we see how deep breaths which often involve large volumes of air can expel too much CO2 and disturb some very important roles of CO2? Not to mention, the increased flow often associated with a deep breath can actually irritate the airways. Think about how your airway would feel after a night of heavy snoring (large volume, fast flow)? Furthermore, deep has become synonymous with belly. We don't breathe in our belly we breathe in our diaphragm. Whilst the belly can be used as a cue to bring the breath down it's not necessary and can cause increased air in your gut (Think belching and flatulence). Gentle nasal breathing automatically biases you towards a diaphragmatic breath. Furthermore, it's the diaphragmatic breath keeping pathogens out of your lungs and facilitating optimal efficiency.
Whilst both deep and gentle breathing will slow down your respiratory rate and leave you feeling calm, hopefully you can see there are even more benefits for breathing gently. Check the flow of air coming out of your nostrils on the back of your hand. If you feel anything other than a gentle warmth, try to breathe a little more gently.