5 Fast Facts About Deep Breathing

deep_breathing1. Breathing helps to burn calories by better oxygenating the blood. A California study found that women burned 140 percent more calories with 15 minutes of breathing exercises than by riding a stationary bike.

2. How the body removes its waste products by percentage.


Breath   70 %

Skin  20%

Urine  7%

Feces  3%

3. Deep breathing strengthens weak abdominal and intestinal muscles

4. Because oxygen is alkalizing to the body and carbon dioxide is acidic, when we’re not inhaling and exhaling fully, we tend to become overly acidic.

5. Deep breathing enhances immunity by eliminating toxins. While the heart is the pump for the vascular system, the lymphatic system has no real pump: It depends upon movement (exercise) and breath for stimulation. Properly used, the lungs act as sort of a suction pump for the lymphatic system.

Yoga and Your Core: How to Strengthen + Stabilize With The Breath

negative_pressure_breathing the mechanics of breathing diagram

Although we will are constantly breathing we give little thought to what is actually happening.

Let’s take a look…

Step 1. Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
Step 2. Place your left hand on your belly and your right hand on your chest
Step 3. Breathe in a long, slow deep inhale through your nose. Notice how this will encourage a slight backbend in your lower back.
Step 4. Exhale slowly controlling the the exhale so it is long, slow and silky. Observe how this causes the lower back to flatten slightly.

What is happening:

On The Inhale:
The Diaphragm contracts (drawns down)

  • The sides of your body expand
  • The chest lifts
  • The back ribs expand
  • The belly expands
  • The pelvic floor muscles move down

On The Exhale:
The Diaphragm releases

  • The belly releases
  • The abdomen draws in
  • The ribs draw in and down
  • The pelvic floor lifts

Conclusion: The exhale has a stabilizing effect on your bodies core muscles when you engage in conscious breathing.