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How To Breathe From The Diaphragm In Six Easy Steps

Updated on April 21, 2016
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Respected vocal coach Audrey Hunt believes singing is our birthright. "If you can speak, you can sing. Here's how."

Diaphragmatic Breathing

The diaphragmatic muscle is located behind the photo of the hand on the abdomen. As you inhale, expansion occurs around the waistline, moving the diaphragm down and out.
The diaphragmatic muscle is located behind the photo of the hand on the abdomen. As you inhale, expansion occurs around the waistline, moving the diaphragm down and out. | Source

How to Breathe From Your Diaphragm

Look at the picture to the right. You see me placing my hand on the student's abdominal area. This is the location of the area that you want to expand at exactly the moment you inhale. The lower ribcage will also automatically inflate.

It is much easier and faster to learn how to use the Diaphragm by laying flat on the floor. After this new way of breathing becomes easy to do with the floor position, you may stand and practice. If you still find it difficult in a standing position, go back to the floor position and keep practicing until inflating around the waistline and ribcage become automatic.

Let's get started and learn how to breathe from the diaphragm. Be patient - it takes time to learn this method. The health rewards are well worth it.

Place a book on your abdomen, centered at the waistline.
Place a book on your abdomen, centered at the waistline. | Source
Inhale and lift the book very fast.  Feel the expansion as you take a breath.
Inhale and lift the book very fast. Feel the expansion as you take a breath.

Using The Diaphragm With This Easy Step-By-Step Lesson

  • Lie down comfortably on your back on your bed or on a mat or carpeted floor. Position yourself with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent (pointing upward). Simply follow your breathing for a minute or two with your attention. See if you can sense which parts of your body your breath touches.
  • Put your hands (one on top of the other) on your belly, with the center of your lower hand touching your navel. Watch how your breathing responds. You may notice that your belly wants to expand as you inhale and retract as you exhale. Let this happen, but don’t try to force it. Dogs, cats and babies do this naturally and so do you as you drift off to sleep. I often place a "yellow pages" book on the belly in place of the hands. This adds weight and aids in a more pronounced feeling as you inhale.
  • With the weight of the book resting on your belly, lift the book as you inhale and hold it for about 5 seconds. Then lower the book slowly as you exhale all of your air. Repeat, 5 or 6 times, breathing through the nose.
  • Repeat this exercise, but this time replace just holding the book for 5 seconds with singing the numbers, 12345678910. Lower the book as you sing.
  • Repeat the above exercise and increase your singing the numbers to 15.
  • Repeat again, singing to 20 or as far as you can. DO NOT STRAIN.
  • Going through the same physical movements, sing a simple song such as "Happy Birthday To You" or "Amazing Grace".
  • When you need to take a breath (at the end of each phrase), make certain you are inhaling from the belly.

When the above exercises feel easy and more natural as you perform them, repeat all of the above steps in a standing position. This is more challenging, so do not rush it.

Easy Floor Exercise To Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing

How's Your Breathing?

Are you breathing correctly? (You say to yourself, “what kind of question is that?”) Of course I am breathing right (and you inhale, then exhale just like you have done your entire life.) Well, while this type of breathing has obviously kept you alive...there is a better, healthier way to breathe.

Singers, actors and public speakers are familiar with this better way of breathing as it is the foundation of their success. I am going to teach you how to breathe by using the diaphragmatic muscle, your breathing muscle. Once you incorporate this new way of inhaling and exhaling, you will enjoy better health, a more stress-free life, a higher level of spirituality, glowing skin and an improved singing, and speaking voice.

Interesting Facts About Breathing You Don't Know

  • The average person breathes 12-16 beats per minute, 720-960 beats per hour or 17,280-23,040 per day.
  • The air we breathe in a lifetime equals the volume of TWO football fields, SEVENTEEN stories high!
  • When we breathe through the mouth, over time the jaw can shrink causing crooked teeth.
  • Breathing through the mouth is the biggest reason children develop a lisp when they talk.
  • Because we can’t see air, we tend to forget it is even there. Air is something we just don’t think about. We also don’t really think about breathing air into our bodies, unless we practice yoga, voice and such. Perhaps you have choked at one time or another,which certainly makes you stop and think about having enough air.
  • As most of us have learned in school (and forgotten), one fifth of the air we breathe is made up of oxygen (21%), and the rest is nitrogen (78%) in addition to small amounts of *argon, carbon dioxide and some other gases and water vapor (1%).
  • Every day we breathe about 35 pounds of air! I think that is pretty amazing.
  • If the lungs were open flat they would cover the size of a tennis court.

* Argon is the third most common gas in the Earth's atmosphere. It's 23.7 times as abundant as carbon dioxide and 500 times as abundant then neon. Use the link provided in resources below to learn more about Argon.

Author Audrey Hunt performing for a benefit in the 80's.
Author Audrey Hunt performing for a benefit in the 80's.

Generate More Energy By Breathing Deeply

It is my my belief that breathing is the primary avenue to a higher consciousness and the more we can be aware, the more conscious we are.

The simple act of breathing starts a chain reaction of life- giving energy flowing through our body and mind. The breathing techniques you learn here can alter our mood, control pain and even give us courage to face daily challenges and obstacles.

Begin to explore just how this fantastic body of ours can learn the art of diaghragmatic breathing, or, the belly breath.

A Quick Demonstration To Help You With Diaphragmatic Breathing

The diaphragm or diaphragmatic muscle
The diaphragm or diaphragmatic muscle

The Diaphragm

Your diaphragm is a large dome shaped, flat sheet of muscle just below your rib cage and above your abdomen (your belly). By using your diaphragm when you breathe, you help your lungs expand more fully so they take in more air with less effort.

These are the lungs.  The diaphragm rests right below the lungs.  Expansion is needed upon inhalation to fill the lungs with adequate amounts of air.
These are the lungs. The diaphragm rests right below the lungs. Expansion is needed upon inhalation to fill the lungs with adequate amounts of air. | Source

Increasing Your Vocal Range

When your diaphragmatic breathing becomes automatic, you are then able to hold notes longer and increase your vocal range.

To sing higher, your body needs more breath pressure. The only way to increase this pressure is to use the belly breath, or diaphragmatic breathing. It takes more air to sing higher than it does to sing lower.

Belly Breathing For Relaxation

Sometimes, we only have a minute or two to bring ourselves from a stressful feeling to one of relaxation and peace. Deep breathing ( Belly Breathing or Diaphragmatic Breathing) increases lung capacity and absorption of oxygen by the body. Even if we only take one or two quick deep breaths, it can make a significant difference in helping to relax during a stressful time.

Belly breathing can take us from a state of confusion to clarity. To help reduce pain, deep breathing through the pain can be a distraction from the discomfort, especially when adding visualization techniques.

Begin now to make an important lifestyle change. Practice, practice...then practice some more.

Follow your bliss~

Practice the Belly Breath as You Listen to This Relaxing Music

Summary

Mastering breathing exercises will put you in direct contact with your body as you discover how your body moves while breathing. For the singer, managing the air can drastically change the sound of the singing voice.

When you don't use a consistent flow of air, you have to squeeze in your throat which creates a tighter sound. This tight sound interferes with the beautification of tone. Even though breathing is natural (you don't think about it), when you sing, it is necessary to train your body to breathe in a certain way so that you breathe efficiently throughout the entire song.

Unless you breathe properly, you risk running out of air right in the middle of a word. And you want the freedom of holding a note for as long as you need to.

Diaphragmatic breathing is the foundation for confident speaking and singing. To learn this principle, practice the step-by-step exercises provided in this article. Practice several times a day for as long as it takes for you to learn. It must become entirely automatic. This means that for some, a few weeks will be all that is needed but for others it may take several months.

A great benefit for learning this new way of breathing is how we are able to get more blood flow and oxygen to our brain. This all adds up to living a healthier and more productive life.

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    • carrie450 profile image

      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Thank you so much for these valuable tips on breathing properly vocalcoach.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello dear carrie - Thank you for being my first visitor!

      I hope you can incorporate this deep breathing in your life. You have been through so much and I think diaphragmatic breathing may help you in some way. God bless you, beautiful carrie. :)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      I certainly was enjoyable to read, very detailed and an informative hub.

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      ReggieD06 6 years ago

      Hi Vocalcoach,

      As I was reading your hub, I became very aware of my breathing. I noticed that I was taking short, choppy breaths. I immediately began practicing the techniques that you are sharing. I love doing voiceovers so I am anxious to apply this information to my next project. You've done it again...another great hub! Thank you for sharing. I will be visiting your website. Take care.

      Reggie D.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Very interesting article. My younger daughter has a magnificent voice and did take classical training as a teen. Breathing correctly was a big topic in our home.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Good morning pop! Your daughter is bestowed with a powerful gift. She not only has talent, she also has the dedication to work hard at her craft. I would love to hear this magnificent voice...thanks pop for your comments and for your own brilliant hubs. See you at breakfast. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Reggie D. - I am just thrilled that you are putting my instruction to good use. Diaphragmatic breathing makes a huge difference in your presentation as a public speaker/voice over actor. I am here to help if you need me. Thanks, Reggie and I enjoy your hubs! Blessings.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Ruby, for this serious discussion of the importance of diaphragmatic breaching. It does make a difference.

      Since you are obviously an expert in the correct method of breathing, I have dedicated this funny 'truth' to you.

      When you prepare for the birth of your first child, you practice your breathing religiously.

      For the second child, you no longer bother practicing your breathing because you remember that last time, breathing didn't do a thing for you.

      For the third child, you request an epidural when you are in your 8th month.

      Yours in fun, bj

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Very interesting and well explained. I bookmark this Hub becouse I want to follow your teaching. I do not sing, I do not make yoga... But I like feel my body, know it, and discover its potentials. Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      fucsia - You are a wise person. Deep breathing connects you to your body like nothing else. In time, you will discover your higher power and the potential which exsists. I congratulate you on your journey. I offer my help, should you need it along the way. Follow your bliss...vocalcoach

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      Steve Webb 6 years ago from Great Wakering, England

      I enjoyed reading this very much, & there's a lot of helpful information, the practical part of which I shall be making the time to try out very soon! cheers!!

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      I was mentored in collage by a vocal coach and by a dear friend in the entertainment industry (no - not him - a woman unrelated. ;-) ) Breathing exercises were here commands of me. I hated it, but my voice did improve under her tutelage. This is an excellent reminder that it is good for our overall health. Well done!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks my friend for writing this. I really enjoy this hub. I learn much from you about the miracle of breathing. I believe this. I am glad to appy your tips and get the benefit from breathing. Vote up. God bless you. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Christina M. Castro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Lovely Topic, vocalcoach. I have been examining my breathing techniques in singing lately (I am a previous member of the Praise and Worship Team in my church ministry.) I was concerned that I was leaving my mouth too wide open, because I always have a tendency to cough when I use a lot of air to sing. I realized I was trying to sing louder than anyone else. I had to convince myself that I don't have to make such a big impression. God loves my singing even if I do it more quietly. So, I toned it down some. Then, after trying to sing like I was on stage the day after I caught upper respiratory congestion, I came down with the flu, and I feel that leaving my mouth too wide open and too long exposes me to the germs floating in the air. So now when I sing, I do not strain, I take breaths, not gulps, and when there is a pause in the song, I close my mouth.

      Thanks for your hub, and I enjoy brushing up on my musical skills when you share your advice. Happy Singing!

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      QudsiaP1 6 years ago

      Very interesting.

      *Breathes deeply.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you! I need to print this in it's entirety, and hang it on my wall! Thank you for the excellent lessons of breathing...how can we forget to breathe?

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      amybradley77 6 years ago

      Voted way up!! Wonderfully beautiful page here in so many different ways. I took some singing lessons while in high school and enjoyed it so much, great advice here. Love that you added the Rodney Yee DVD, I'm a big fan of his too!! A.B.

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      damian0000 6 years ago from Belfast

      This is a great hub VC, i am one of the many frustrated readers out there i am sure who are wishing they had had you as a music teacher!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Great advice vocalcoach. I love this music too. Thank you for another great lesson as always dear one!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Micky, my beautiful friend! May I have this dance? Isn't it great, how much we can learn from one another? So many blessings - here on Hubpages! Stay well, Micky!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      amy - I am so very pleased that you enjoyed my hub on breathing. So few of us really understand the value of using the diaphragmatic muscle when singing and when speaking. I appreciate your lovely comments, amy. Have a spectacular day!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lilly - well...as long as breathing is what keeps us alive and kick'in, we might as well breathe the way our body was meant to breathe. :) For some, this is a daily challenge...yet others seem to pick it right up. A tip to help, is to place your hand next to your abdomen just as you are dozing off and you will feel the inflation as it occurs naturally. Thanks, my friend for visitng and leaving supportive comments. Appreciate it!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      QudsiaP1 - Very nice to see you here. Thank you for your comment. Peace and joy to you.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      wilbury steve - Learning diagragmatic breathing can change your life, for the better as well as help you sing much better. Thanks for your comment and hope to see you real soon!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      hello, hello - This is a very healthy way to breath and becomes automatic after a little practice. Breathe deep and often :) Thank you, my friend.

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      Daniel Carter 6 years ago from Western US

      There is no such thing as good vocal pitch without proper breathing to support it. Fabulous hub. Definitely referring it to my singer friends for their use and to forward to their students. Thanks!

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      I had always heard that breathing in the manner you've described was healthier. Thanks for the reminder!

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      My son just started vocal lesson, and his teacher taught him the similar breathing technique you described except in standing position. It's something new and interesting for me. Thanks for sharing. Voted up ! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Daniel - I thank you so very much! My purpose in writing vocal articles is to help others and you are helping me do just that. I am overjoyed. Peace and love to you Daniel.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Silver Poet - I am pleased that you are interested in applying diaphragmatic breathing as it truly makes a big difference in ones health. Thank you so much!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Excellent information! When I was in my twenties I took a few vocal lessons. It is amazing I had been breathing the wrong way my whole life.

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      Freesinginglessons 6 years ago

      If it hurts your doing something wrong. You hit on very important points about properly training your voice the safe way. Great Information for everyone!

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      CollB 5 years ago

      Yes, excellent hub about breathing properly. I took singing lessons after leaving school and follow the technique of breathing in and out from the stomach.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      CollB - Very glad to hear that you are still following the correct principles of breathing. Be sure to expand the lower rib cage as wellm especially when you sing. Thanks for your kind words. :)vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      2besure - Yes, breathing from the diaphragm is a much healthier way to breathe. Good that you have learned how to do this. Appreciate your being here. :)vocalcoach

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      freesinginglessons - Thanks so much. Appreciate your comments, especially coming from another vocal coach!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 4 years ago from NYC BABY

      This is an awesome hub and Thankyou for sharing. I had a sociology professor teach the class this valuable breathing tehnique and I'm glad that you've shared it as well. It definetely is a good way to relax you in a minute if your feeling nervous.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      EuroNinila - It's great to see you here and thank you for your comments. I love sharing breathing techniques with someone like you who appreciates the process.

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      KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm so happy to have found this hub. I've been meaning to work on this for quite a while now, however, I didn't really know where to start.

      A few years ago, I went through a period of great stress, and several people, including doctors, kept telling me that I wasn't breathing correctly. They said I was breathing with my chest and taking too many shallow breaths.

      But the more I tried to correct this, the more confused it made me. I know it sounds simple, but like you explain in this hub, there is a real method for it. Thanks so much for the detailed information. :)

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      studdent 4 years ago

      hi, im a learner and by exerccising this method daily really helps but to unnconsciously stayin yo this kind of breathing is partly diffycult

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Breathing properly is the essence of life. Thank you for this hub, very informative and refreshing. We all need to breathe deep. Voted up.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      KT Banks - I'm so very glad to see you here and to know that my hub has helped you with breathing. Few of us use our bodies corretly when inhaling. That is one reason I recorded breathing lessons on CD. If you practice laying on the floor on your back, place a book on the abdomen centered at the waistline, and lift only the book at the same time you inhale, your body will soon adapt to this way of taking in air (inhalation).

      This is the best way to quickly remove stress from both the body and mind. I wish you great results!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      studdent - The key is "consistent practice" combined with concentration and awareness. ALWAYS be aware of your breathing. Make it a point to inflate around the waistline every single time to take a breath and it will one day become automatic!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Vellur - I love your own quote - "Breathing properly is the essence of life." May I use this on occasion? Thank you so much!

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      PaulH1982 4 years ago from Banbury UK

      Great article; I think everyone should learn to breathe properly

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      PaulH1982 - Hi Paul. Very nice to see you here. Thanks for reading and for leaving your comments. I'll hop on over to your place now. :)

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Another awesome hub. I have always had shallow breathing. I will implement your strategies. It's time for a change. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      StephSev108 - Hooray! You like my hub and will be learning how to breathe by using the diaphragm. Best news I've heard all day:) Thank you so much.

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      MJ RetroVirus 3 years ago

      These are awesome tips!! Here is a few more

      http://breathing-exercises-for-singing.blogspot.co...

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      MJ RetroVirus - Thanks for being here, reading my hub on breathing and leaving a comment. Sing with joy ~

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      Judy 3 years ago

      I have been singing all my life and early in, professionally. I suffer from sinus problems and pretty much stay congested! Right now, I have an infection , so am in antibiotics. I perform, but can't seem to clear my head. I sounds stuffed all the time. Help!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Judy - I recommend inhaling steam. Drape a towel over your head and inhale the steam coming from a pot of boiling water. You can add vicks vapo rub to the water if you like. Do this often to clear your sinus passages and lubricate the nasalphryrangeal areas. Careful not to bring your face too close to the steam. You don't want to get burned. Audrey

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I am going to try this breathing exercise. Your tips are easy to follow. Thanks for sharing this technique.,

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dianna - This exercise is also a fantastic way to send oxygen to the brain. I also like it for relaxation. Thank you for your support!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Audrey, we had to learn to breathe and speak from our diaphragms when I was in broadcasting school. It's no easy task. These exercises would have been helpful.

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      Tammy 2 years ago from USA

      Great tips here and expressing the importance of learning to breath properly. I remember doing these exercises in our music class so we could sing better. It has stuck with me over the years. I still use some of these to help ease my stress. Thanks for sharing!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Sha - Have you noticed that when you watch the news anchors, etc. on television, that you never see them take a breath? This is because they breathe through the diaphragm. It's good that you were taught about this. Initially it's a challenge to learn, but if you keep at it, it actually becomes automatic. I'm just finishing up a hub about how this way of breathing effects the neurons in the brain. Thanks my wonderful friend and wishing you happy days. - Audrey

      tlpoague - Thanks for being here. And hurray for you for breathing correctly! Your brain thanks you everyday. Take care - Audrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Breathing rightly is so important for singers. These are excellent tips in general and especially for singers.

      In classical Indian singing also, a lot of stress is given on breath control and release. It needs regular practice in order to sing well.

      As always this is a wonderful, informative and helpful hub for everyone, particularly for prospective singers.

      Voted up as interesting and useful and shared on HP!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ChitrangadaSharan

      Thank you for your wonderful comments my friend. A happy note for me to go to sleep on. :)

      I have had the privilege of attending 2 Classical Indian Concerts and enjoyed them immensely.

      I noticed the amount of control these singes used with the breath. Also the release was complete and clean.

      Thank you for your generous vote and for sharing on HP.

      May peace and goodness be with you always,

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      From singing to exercising, always the instruction is to "breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth."

      This is a problem for me. Between having allergies--particularly in spring and summer--and the fact that I recently found out I have a deviated septum, nose-breathing is hard for me. I often feel as if my nose is partially plugged, and as if I'm not getting enough air. Almost a suffocating feeling at times.

      The doctor I saw said there is a surgery to correct the physical issue, but he also said it is not always very effective. That backs up my husband's observation that both his step dad and half sister had that surgery, and that it really didn't help them much. I'm told it's a pretty painful surgery, as well, and I'm a bona-fide wuss!

      So, now what? :( I'm not trying to be a Negative Nora; just reporting on my particular issues...and experiences.

      Voted up, useful and interesting nonetheless. ;-)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Humming regularly has been shown to relieve a stuffed or plugged nose. The vibrations that occur during humming energize the membranes. I just wrote a hub about it Liz. Give it a try and thanks.

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