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One Lung Breathing: Creating Balance for Better Breathing and Posture Habits to Look Good and Feel Great!

LungsMost of the time when we breathe the air goes in, the air comes out, and we’re not even conscious of how much of our lungs we are using or even which lung we tend to use more.

If you have scoliosis, asthma or other physical/health challenges that have contributed to limited lung and rib movement, or a muscle imbalance through the upper back, these conditions can create tension, stress and changes in your posture.  Becoming more conscious of your lungs and practicing one lung breathing can be a great exercise for you to improve posture and reduce stress, tension or pain.

But even if you DON’T have any health challenges, there’s a really great chance that you have one lung that is stronger, or more dominant than the other, and you might not even realize it!  While it might not be a big deal now… Over time, you may accumulate new aches and pains because other muscles in your torso (core, back and shoulders) respond to the breathing imbalance creating a domino effect that can leave you wondering why you now hurt even though you never had an “injury.”

Our posture and muscle habits for balanced body development will only get better if we take action and train the body.  Good breathing habits both stretch AND strengthen our system for better posture and better health.

Here are 3 Easy One Lung Breathing Exercises You Can Practice to Strengthen Your Lungs as You Improve Balance, Posture and Health

Alternate One Lung Breathing with a Partner

One Lung Partner Breathing for webOne Lung Breathing is best started with a partner.  This extra sensory feeling from your partner can make it easier to feel each side of your lungs and will help you begin to alternate sides. It’s normal for one side to fill easier than the other – however the goal is to develop equal strength and movement on each side while you alternate breathing into each lung.

One Lung Scarf Breathing

Note which side is easier and which side is more challenging.  As needed, repeat on the weaker side to improve it.  Ideally, it should feel the same and be easy to take a deep breath on either side.

One Lung Turtle Breathing

You may find it easiest to practice one lung breathing when you are on your stomach and your back is open to the free space.  Visualize being a turtle and filling one side of your shell with air.

You can practice One Lung Turtle Breathing in any of the following positions:

Finish your one lung breathing exercises with 3-5 deep two lung breaths.  Strive to  feel an equal amount of air filling both lungs at the same time.

By becoming conscious of your dominant and weaker lung for breathing and practicing one lung breathing exercises, you can significantly improve your posture, body alignment and muscle balance for better health to look good and feel great.

Click to read the other articles in this breathing series:
Better Breathing Habits to Improve Posture and Reduce Pain
Two Simple Breathing Exercises: Improve Posture and Be Well
A Simple Exercise To  Develop Better Breathing Habits with Exercise
Using Percussive Breathing Techniques To Reduce Neck and Back Pain

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