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Breathing Effectively

The Complete Breath

Relearning the Art of
Breathing Naturally and fully.

A Heathly Exercise to enhance One's Being.

The complete breath is not a forced or abnormal thing. It is a return to Nature - back to the basic principles. A healthy infant breathes in this manner, but today, living in the fast lane, man has adopted unnatural lifestyles and methods. We have taught ourselves to breath ineffectively and unnaturally.

The complete breath does not necessarily call for the complete filling of the lungs with every inhalation. You may inhale an average breath, using the compete breathing method, distributing the air inhaled, to all parts of the lungs.

The following simple exercise should give you a clear idea of what the Complete Breath is:

(1) Stand or Sit erect. Breathing through the nostrils, inhale steadily, first filling the lower part of the lungs, which is accomplished by bringing the diaphragm into play. When the diaphragm muscle contracts, it descends and exerts a gentle pressure on the abdominal organs, pushing the front of the belly forward. The stomach must move out of the way in order for the diaphragm it descends. Then fill the middle part of the lungs, pushing out the lower ribs, breastbone and chest. Then fill the higher portion of the lungs, protruding the upper chest, thus lifting the chest, including the upper six or seven pairs of ribs. In the final movement, the lower part of the abdomen will be slightly drawn in, forcing the highest part of the lungs to fill.

At first, it appears that this is three or four distinct movements it is not. The inhalation is continuous, the entire chest cavity from the lowered diaphragm to the highest point of the chest in the region of the collarbone, should be expanded in one uniform, and continuous movement. Avoid a jerky series of inhalations, and strive to attain a steady continuous action.

(2) Retain the breath for a few seconds.

(3) Exhale quite slowly, holding the chest in a firm position. Relax the diaphragm muscle, allow it to collapse, this forces the air out of the lungs. Allowing the abdomen to draw in and lift slightly, will assist in forcing the air out of the lungs. When the air is entirely exhaled, relax the chest and abdomen. Practice until the movement becomes automatic.

When you observe the Complete Breath, you will notice that it is a combination of the Hi, Mid, and Low breaths, succeeding each other rapidly. You may find it easier practicing before a large mirror. Place your hands lightly over your abdomen, so that you can feel the movements.

At first, the Complete Breath may feel foreign, however, with practice it will become automatic. Once acquired, you will never willingly return to your old methods.


For more information, contact Michael.

paraphrased from:
The Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath
By Yogi Ramacharaka (1932) & Conscious Breathing by Gay Hendricks, Ph. D.

The Science of
Effective Breathing

Let go of the past. It is over and gone and cannot be changed.

However, the beliefs and impressions learned by what we have experienced in the past can now be perceived differently.


Become willing to change, to do things differently.

The Science of Healthy Breathing.

Combining the Diaphragm Breath with the Upper Chest breath.

Enhance your oxygen uptake and energize your life.

The Complete Breath
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Michael McCright, H.H.P., D.D.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, educator, coach, and motivational speaker, Michael has invested many years in developing...