What is Elevator Breath?
This breathing technique is referred to as “three-part breath” because of how the breath enters the abdomen, diaphragm, and chest. Children often breathe with only the top portion of their lungs, which means they are missing out on the benefits of using their entire lungs to breathe. Breathing in and out at full capacity provides a sense of balance and calm.
In aerial yoga, Elevator Breath pairs well with Fish Pose and Mermaid Pose. However, it can be done in a seat position such as Bucket Seat Pose as well.
What are the Benefits?
Elevator Breath increases children’s awareness of their breath. Placing hands on the belly, helps kids to bring their breath all the way to their abdomen. It activates the brain’s relaxation system, which sends an instant calm feeling throughout the body. Placing the hands on the belly and heart allows children to feel their breath, which helps with focus, stress-relief and mindfulness.
What to Say.
- Lay on your back, place one hand on the heart and one hand on the belly.
- Notice your breath and your heartbeat. Is it fast, medium, or slow?
- Take a deep breath in through your nose. Feel your belly, rib cage, and the heart center rise beneath your hands.
- As you breathe out, feel your belly, rib cage, and heart center fall. Do you feel the elevator going up and down with each breath?
- Start to make your elevator go even slower by making your breath slower.
- Repeat nine times. Notice your breath and heartbeat. Have they changed?
Elevator Breath is one of the breathing techniques we use in our aerial yoga classes. Mindful breathing can help children become more aware of their feelings, this awareness helps them to manage big emotions.