Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

What is Clavicular Breathing?

  • Clavicular breathing, also known as upper chest breathing, is a type of shallow breathing in which the upper portion of the lungs and the collarbone area are primarily used to inhale and exhale. This type of breathing is characterized by short, shallow breaths that do not fully utilize the diaphragm.
  • While clavicular breathing can be useful in certain situations, such as when taking quick, shallow breaths during intense exercise or in response to stress, it can also lead to a variety of negative health consequences over time. These may include increased muscle tension, reduced oxygen delivery to the body’s cells, and increased stress and anxiety.
  • To shift from clavicular breathing to diaphragmatic breathing, it may be helpful to practice deep breathing exercises that focus on expanding the abdomen and engaging the diaphragm. This may involve lying down and placing a hand on the abdomen to feel the rise and fall of the diaphragm, or practicing breathing exercises that involve intentionally slowing down and deepening the breath.
  • Overall, cultivating a habit of diaphragmatic breathing can be an effective way to improve overall breathing efficiency, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote better overall health and wellbeing.

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