Five Simple Exercises for Better Breathing

Deep breathing and the ability to use your breath efficiently are essential for good public speaking.  Breathing helps calm jittery nerves and helps with your vocal projection as well as sound quality.

Here are five easy exercises to get you started.

  1. Stand with your feet facing forward, at hip’s width. In slow motion yawn and take a good stretch.
  2. Take a deep, relaxed breath. Try to feel that you’re inhaling into your feet.  Let the breath out slowly.  Repeat five times, breathing in and out in a slow, relaxed manner
  3. Sit in a chair and feel that your breath is actually going down to the seat of your chair. Breathe out slowly and relaxed.  Repeat five times.
  4. Still seated, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.
  5. Lie on your back and become aware of how your breathing feels. It’s often easier to breathe deeply when on your back.