Proper Meditation Breathing Is Crucial for Successful Meditation

One of the most important components of meditation is breathing. Upon learning this, you might think, “OK no sweat. Inhale. Exhale. There’s nothing to it.” Well actually, that’s not entirely true. Meditation breathing is slightly more involved than that, and there are some tips that you are going to want to take into consideration for when you perform your next meditation session.

High quality meditation really cannot happen without a foundation of proper meditation breathing.

Your breath is an incredibly powerful tool when it comes to reaping the full benefits of your best meditation. And so, first things first, you need to be breathing with your diaphragm… the same way that singers do. You should not be taking in shallow breaths with your chest, the way you probably do during your normal breathing.

With that said, if you’d like to increase the strength of your diaphragm, there is an easy weighted-abdomen method that you can try. To perform this method, all you have to do is find some type of comfortable weight, for example, a bag of rice, sand, or another type of soft substance weighing around 10 to 12 pounds that will contour to the curves of your body.

Then, just lie down flat on the ground and place the weight on top of your upper abdomen; commence deep breathing. Using the weight will enable you to be very aware of whether or not you’re using your diaphragm in the correct way as you breathe.

Now, meditation breathing extends beyond simply breathing with your diaphragm. It also entails balancing your breaths, which is sometimes referred to as centering yourself. You may not know this, but in general, you actually only breathe out of one nostril at a time (this is perfectly normal).

And during meditation breathing, it is a good idea to learn how to alternate nostrils. To do this, close your mouth and place your fingers on your nose. Pinch off your right nostril and then inhale slowly and deeply through your left nostril. Repeat this 4 or 5 times then switch sides and do it for another 4 or 5 repetitions using the other nostril to complete one round. Try to perform 3-5 rounds of this on a daily basis.

Then, after practicing alternating nostrils like this, try using only your mind to do it. This may be difficult at first, but concentrate on how it feels to breathe out of one nostril then switch your focus to the other nostril and concentrate on the way that it feels.

There are several other meditation breathing techniques that you can employ, but try to get started with these ones first, as they will take some practice and getting used to, but in the end, your meditation will definitely be improved.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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  1. Jessica says:

    This helped me to change my breathing style during meditation.

  2. Brian says:

    Meditation breathing techniques are the most important part of the meditating process. There are also more advanced meditation breathing techniques available.

  3. Meditation Guru says:

    If we practise patiently in this way, gradually our distracting thoughts will subside and we will experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Thanks Rachel.

  4. Joaquin says:

    Even though breathing meditation is only a preliminary stage of meditation, it can be quite powerful.

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