Today’s health tip

The exhale phase of your breath should be slower than the inhale phase.

After you breathe out, don’t be in a rush to suck in the next batch of air.   Take a pause at the end of each exhale, and even let a lit­tle more air gen­tly trick­le out for anoth­er sec­ond or two.

Don’t try to breathe in more deeply than usu­al, but per­haps you’ll notice that after a pro­longed exhale, your nat­ur­al instincts kick in and the next inspi­ra­tion will be a bit deep­er than nor­mal.

Con­tin­ue this process for ten or more cycles. Then return your atten­tion to your breath rhythm peri­od­i­cal­ly through­out the day.

Why this is important

Uti­liz­ing a breath rhythm with a slow­er exhale will relax you mus­cles, slow your heart rate, calm your mind, and strength­en the parasym­pa­thet­ic por­tion of your auto­nom­ic ner­vous sys­tem. Many of the ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion can be obtained sim­ply by fol­low­ing a pre­scrip­tion of a slow­er exhale phase.

PS – if you want to enhance the health effects of your new breath­ing prac­tice, fin­ish up by smil­ing at some­one.


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website,, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.
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