A healthy breathing pattern is the foundation for optimum postural alignment, better movement and improved overall performance. If you learn to breathe better, you will move better, sleep better, relax better and digest your food better.
The stresses of everyday life and overusing certain muscle groups can contribute to a diaphragm that is weak and not fully activated. Amongst other things, a weak diaphragm can lead to poor postural alignment, with increased lumbar lordosis, causing pain and discomfort in the lower back.
To release, activate and strengthen your diaphragm adopt the position above, and carefully observe how your breathing affects the position of your pelvis and ribcage. Notice how your sacrum moves towards the floor as you breathe out, subtly relieving tension in your lower back. Move onto all fours and take a few more relaxed breaths. Notice how stable your pelvis and lower back feel as your abdominal muscles contract as you exhale.
Spend a few minutes every day breathing in this way (as nature intended) and reap the benefits in the way you move, rest, relax, recover, sleep and function.