Breathing Technquies

Simplified Breathing techniques

 

Let’s start from the beginning:

Breath up:  My teacher once told me the key to freediving is preparation because the dive should just be about relaxing. During the dive we just relax into the dive and do as little as possible, just enjoy. So the preperation is the breathe up. First I will talk about frame of mind, then some simple breathing techniques.

 

Frame of mind during breathe up:

The correct frame of mind should be simply pleasant, present and relaxed. No need for goals or results, just enjoy the dive. As soon as I touch the water I always say, I am home, welcome back luke. This helps me merge into the sea and feel comfortable and relaxed, this is my home. Use any method that connects you with the sea,  to get the feeling that you are part of the sea or one with  the sea.

 

Breathing techniques:

Step1, learn how to breathe using your diaphragm. This is the proper way to breathe, as you inhale your abdomen should move outwards and as you exhale, inwards. Using this method you can fill your lungs more and exhale better. Exhaling is just as important as inhaling since you want to get rid of as much stale air as possible. Inhale using diaphragm first and then fill the upper part of your lungs, using your lung muscles gracefully. Remember if you inhale or exhale forcefully it will not help to calm you down and relax into the dive.

Step2, My favorite relaxing breathe up so far is to; Inhale slightly deeper than normal, hold it for a moment, exhale for 3-4 times longer than inhale, hold for a moment and repeat.

Step3,  Towards the end of the breath up, the exhale should be roughly twice as long as the inhale. I like to take deep relaxing breathes while making sure my entire body is relaxed, no muscles are tense, from head to toe, face tongue, fingers, no tension.  Just before the dive I take 2-3 deep full breathes with longer exhales, paying special attention to remove as much air as comfortably possible during the exhale.

A longer exhale helps to relax and slow down your heart. While a longer inhale helps to remove CO2 from the body.  Do not hyperventilate, see the dangers of hyperventilation.

 

Frame of mind during breathe up:

The correct frame of mind should be simply pleasant, present and relaxed. No need for goals or results, just enjoy the dive. As soon as I touch the sea I always say, I am home, welcome back luke. This helps me merge into the sea and feel comfortable and relaxed, this is my home. Use any method that connects you with the sea,  to get the feeling that you are part of the sea or one with  the sea.


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