What is the diaphragm for if we breathe from our belly?
I used to always feel like I could never get a big enough breath to fill my lungs. I would have to force a big yawn, do breathing exercises and keep trying to breathe deeper and deeper. It was especially acute when I was climbing Mt. Whitney a couple of years ago and the air was thinner. I finally figured out I was not breathing from my diaphragm but using my belly muscles. I noticed when I yawned that I felt the breath much higher in my chest AND it sucked in my belly.
Once I realized I was breathing using my belly muscles I needed to figure out different techniques to train myself to breathe exclusively from my diaphragm. The video shows you a couple of diaphragm breathing techniques to practice for yourself.
It turns out breathing from your belly limits movement and creates stiffness and inflexibility! Watch the video to see how you restrict yourself in the simplest movements.
For more information about breathing from your diaphragm check out the DVD Balance for Movement.