Although breathing is an automatic function, by bring attention to its depth and rhythm we can make it a useful link between mind and body. Breath is the elixir of health, oxygenating, cleansing, and nourishing the cells and tissues of our body. It is also a natural relaxer. Just yawn and feel the release of tension in your body. As we have become immersed in the affairs of the world, we tend to stop our feelings, our emotions, at our diaphragm, which then restricts our breathing. A first step in the use of exercise as an antidote for fatigue is to once again breathe fully in and out of our abdominal area. We need to stop "stopping" the natural flow of our breath.
The above exercise brings breath into the abdomen; facilitates the free movement of the diaphragm; massages the organs of the abdomen, the liver, and the heart; relaxes the mind and body; and quiets and balances the nervous system.