One breath = inhale and exhale
Postural/ core muscles are affected by breathing patterns. Core muscles include stomach muscles.
Specific emotions have specific breathing breathing patterns. Anxiety and crying make it difficult to exhale, there is a tendency to inhale and hold. If you focus on exhaling during these times, you will be able to change how you feel.
When you exercise its important to keep breathing, most people inhale and hold their breath. To avoid holding your breath, make sure to exhale. It's difficult to hold your breath after you exhale.
Exhale when you want to increase your strength. Example: martial arts exhale when they hit. Screaming is exhaling.
Core muscles contract with exhale and stretch with inhale, if you are breathing correctly.
Exercise 1: lay in your back with your knees bent and hands on your belly. inhale and let your belly get big, like a balloon filling with air. Exhale and feel your stomach muscles contract as more and more air leaves your body. your stomach gets smaller as air leaves your body.
• lay on your stomach and feel your belly press against the floor when you inhale. As you exhale, feel your belly lift from the floor
•Try this in your hands and knees, when you inhale gravity will make your stomach hang to the floor and when you exhale, your muscles will pull your stomach up/ away from the floor.
•. Try saying ha ha ha as you exhale. You may feel more muscle during the ha ( it's an exhale). Laughing is a great workout for your stomach muscles.
•. Try saying ssssssssssss as you exhale, it creates the sensation of cinching your waist and contracting your stomach muscles
Exercise 2: inhale and let your upper back/ ribs expand. Exhale and and feel ribs go down. This kind of breathing does not expand your belly when you inhale.
Exercise 3: inhale and feel/ imagine air going to the bottom of your spine and gently filling your torso ( back, sides and front evenly) with air. Your stomache should not expand much or at all. Gently exhale and try to let every last bit of air out. The more you let out, the more you will feel your stomach muscles work/ contract. This breathing is very relaxing.