When inhaling it is not necessary to draw a breath, or even to gasp for breath, rather it is sufficient to just allow a thimble full into oneself. Inhaling deeply is misleading and incorrect, even if most people are not yet aware of it.
When we exhale thoroughly the inhalation comes completely by itself, so to speak as a bonus or gift. The air is sucked into the inflating lungs in the extending torso spaces. To be able to receive it is necessary to first release everything.
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Opening oneself, expanding, wanting to receive are attitudes that are the fundamental principles of the process of inhaling and receiving, whilst tension and activity impede the absorption of the air or even prevent it. Inhalation or inspiration ofen also comes by itself, like when looking at a beautiful picture, a landscape or when we take up the fragrance of a scented flower.
When we breathe properly it is not necessary to inhale large quantities but to breathe in the area of the diaphragm and the lower ribs, where the ventilation and blood supply to the lungs are optimum.
It is incorrect to cramp and press the abdomen out when inhaling, it is even worse to thereby completely pull it in according to the motto chest out – stomach in. This reversal of the breathing movement is based on the faulty operation of the muscles and on a cramping of the diaphragm, which with many individuals has become a permanent situation next to other cramped modes of behaviour and which appear normal to them.
When we stimulate the whole breathing, we automatically also receive sufficient impulses for inhaling. When we want to stimulate the inhalation through reflexes a cold shower on the back or similar is sufficient. If for some reason we want to increase or emphasise the inhalation phase, then it requires a special breathing training. Ideally suitable for this are the fingertip work and the foot pressure-point breathing from Prof. Ilse Middendorf, which stimulate inhalation, without making it top-heavy and putting us under conscious tension. Increasing or deepening the inhalation can also be done through e.g. sniffing or smelling inhalation, as well as through various constrictions of the mouth and nose openings. You will find exercises for this in the chapter on nose respiration. These exercises are especially useful for people where inhalation is difficult; this does not however apply for asthmatics, who may well always have the feeling that they are not getting enough air, but who in reality cannot release the exhalation.
Individual deep inhalations in the form of breathing a sigh of relief or drawing a relieving breath of air belong to a vital breathing sequence; they are not to be regarded as disturbances in the rhythm. Also with the so-called sighing breathing it comes to an occasional added deep breath of air that has a releasing effect. Also inhaling that helps to breathe deeply is releasing, relaxing and even liberating. When we are correspondingly open and relaxed we can on inhaling better give ourselves over to our intuition, the influence of external forces and powers. We are receptive for the forces and energies that we close ourselves against when we tense and limit ourselves through excess activity.