Do Breathing Exercises Through Nose or Mouth?

During breathing exercises, why do we usually hear- Inhale through the nose,Exhale through the mouth? Is it just as beneficial to Inhale through the mouth,and exhale through the nose?

Matthew's reply: All the breathing exercises I have learned and that are on the site require you to inhale through your nose. It's simply more natural to do so. However, depending on the exercise, some require you to exhale via your nose but others from your mouth.

Exercises like the bellows require forceful exhalations from the mouth to clear the lungs of stale air and impurities. The bellows also energizes you. Calming breathing exercises require breathing only through the nose - but not always.

See examples of the above here. The first one shows the bellows in a sitting position (inhale nose/exhale mouth). The second one is a standing breathing exercise (inhale nose/exhale nose).

To sum up, inhaling through your nose is the natural way to inhale and exhalation can be done through nose or mouth depending on the aim of the exercise.

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Nasal Breathing Exercise

by Adnan
(Tunisia)

Hello
Please demonstrate how is done the morning exercise from nose only( inhaling & exhaling) . I know you put left hand on under belly area of stomach on top of it the right hand ( the inverse from women) the rest i am not clear please explain and tell me the name of this exercise it's for increasing energy and clearing mind from stress.
Thank you very much & I appreciate your help
Adnan
Tunisia

Matthew's reply: Adnan, thanks for contacting me. There are many different kinds of breathing exercises including nasal breathing exercises, ones for energy and stress, etc. I am not familiar with the one you are asking about, i.e. putting one hand on your abdomen as you breathe. It is possibly a yoga breathing exercise.

The nasal breathing exercise I do know is called alternate nostril breathing, where you use your thumb to close one nostril while breathing in through the opposite nostril. This is just one of the steps - search alternate nostril breathing online for the complete procedure.

What you will find on this site are mostly breathing exercises for anxiety and stress. Any questions just post below.

All the best,

Matthew

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Exercises for Asthma?

by Kathi
(Indiana)

Are there any exercises that will help with the reduction of asthma symptoms?

Hi Kathy, while certain breathing exercises may well help you I recommend trying Chinese herbal medicine for asthma.

Chinese herbal medicine for asthma can be taken any time but it is best taken during remission stages to improve lung function, build resistance and prevent further attacks. The great thing about Chinese herbal medicine is that it can be adjusted to suit the specific requirements of each individual.

Chinese medicine recognizes that we are all unique and this means that even if two people have the same problem, say asthma, they will not receive exactly the same treatment. Let me know if you have further questions.

All the best,

Matthew

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Breathing Exercises For Blood Circulation?

by Don
(Vancouver)

Can breathing techniques help blood circulation through out the whole body?

Matthew's reply: Hi Don, yes there are breathing exercises that can improve blood circulation. I'm not sure of the extent of your knowledge of and experience with breathing exercises but they form a vital part of the traditional Chinese way of health. There are many such exercises - individual, stand-alone breathing exercises and complete exercise systems like Taiqi and Qigong that place high importance on breathing as a way to improve and strengthen the body's circulation of vital energy (Qi) and blood, among other benefits. There are some individual breathing exercises on this site that will be a good start for you, if that's where you're at, but to get the full benefits of breathing for better health you should seek out an experienced teacher such as of Taiqi or Qigong. You should be able to find someone who conducts classes in Vancouver. Any questions about the breathing exercises on this site let me know.

All the best,

Matthew

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How to Remember Breathing Techniques?

by Mary
(Corona, ca)

Is there an easy way to remember breathing techniques for each exercise?

Matthew's reply: Hi Mary, which particular exercises are you referring to? There really is no better way than daily practice until the exercises become a natural part of your routine. If any of the written exercise instructions are unclear please let me know by posting below.

You can also learn the best traditional Chinese exercises on this site on video in the Chinese Long Life Exercise Program. This program contains a balanced blend of stretching, strengthening, toning, breathing and self-massage exercises and techniques - all on high quality video. The program takes about 30 minutes but it can easily be shortened to around 15 minutes and also lengthened to 45 minutes.

All the best,

Matthew

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Breathing Exercises for Asthma

I have asthma which is very bad, and I require breathing exercises to overcome it.

Matthew's reply: Hi, breathing exercises are a commonly used technique by people with asthma. Asthmatics usually have shallow breathing, using the top part of their lungs only. Breathing exercises for asthma focus on showing asthmatics how to breathe fully, using their entire lungs, diaphragm and abdomen. There are other benefits from full, complete breathing too, like greater relaxation and better sleep.

I suggest you take a look at all the breathing exercises on this site, in particular see the article on abdominal breathing. Also take a look at this standing breathing exercise (No.2 on the page), which may also help you.

There are also various yoga breathing exercises for asthma. Take a look at www.yoga.com for information and forum posts from people who do yoga for asthma. Many people say they no longer have asthma since doing regular yoga, including postures and breathing exercises.

Another common breathing technique for asthma is the Buteyko method which is widely used and highly regarded by many asthmatics. For more on this see www.buteyko.com

Diet, of course, also plays a crucial role in managing and eliminating asthma. Foods like dairy products, and chocolate, cakes, white bread, etc, can produce excess mucus which clogs up the breathing passages, making breathing even harder for asthmatics. Generally, a diet of fresh, natural foods is best for asthmatics. Lemon (juice), carrot (juice) and garlic are highly beneficial for asthmatics.

Any questions about the breathing exercises on this site feel free to post them.

All the best,

Matthew

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