When it's hot and humid outside like it is now, a lot of people tell me they can't breathe.
Especially if you have asthma or COPD, the air feels too heavy to pull in and your breath is short and unsatisfying.
You try to breathe in, but the inhale feels tight, like there isn't enough space.
But what you may not feel is that the exhale is probably also short.
When you don't get enough air out of your lungs on the exhale, then you don't create the natural vacuum your body relies on to pull air in for your inhale.
Now, forcing all the air out in a big whoosh is not going to solve the problem. Do that a few times, and you'll either hurt yourself, or you'll make your breath even shorter.
Here are three easy things you can do to breathe more easily today:
I've put them in a five-minute yoga practice recording for your convenience.
Try to do the practice once a day for a few days in a row, and your breath will be so much easier and full.
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