In my previous video blogs, I’ve discussed the benefits of conscious breathing through your diaphragm (also known as soft belly breathing) as a way to heal from stress and develop more emotional stability.

This time, I’m using my friend, Howard, to help me show you how proper breathing can also enhance stability, strength, posture and functionality throughout your body.

This happens via the transverse abdominis muscle, the deepest of the four layers of abdominal muscles in the human body, which does a lot of things, but most importantly creates stability and extension through the lumbar-pelvic region.

Promoting better posture and healthy, pain-free movement throughout the body also requires proper breathing. In my video, I’ll show you how to do this by laying safely in the supine position, taking a deep belly breath and exhaling, then locating the traverse abdominis on your body.

If you’re activating the transverse abdominis properly, you’ll be able to feel tissue rising up with your fingers.

Also, I’ll show you how to activate the transverse abdominis with forced exhalation in a way that’s not unlike blowing out candles on a birthday cake.

Ashley Mazurek

Ashley is a go-to exercise expert at the C.H.E.K Institute.

She draws on 18 years of experience in the Fitness Industry, training as a C.H.E.K Practitioner Level 4 and HLC 3, and her personal experience as a nationally ranked triathlete to coach her clients to optimal performance and health.

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