The three most obvious signs of a shallow breather are:
- Erroneously expanding the abdomen when exhaling and pulling in the stomach when inhaling. To breathe deeply, imagine the abdomen as a ballon. When you breathe in air the balloon inflates, and it deflates when you blow out air. don’t worry about the fact that air never really enters the stomach.
- Unnecessarily lifting the shoulders when inhaling.
- Audibly grasping for air while talking.
You can find out more about your breathing by asking yourself the following questions. It most of the answers are yes you need to improve the way you breathe.
- Does your tongue pull away from your front teeth when you take a deep breath?
- Does your lower back feel rigid whether you breathe in or breathe out?
- Do you clench your teeth together most of the time? In other words, do your top and bottom teeth touch all the time?
- Does your voice get raspy easily?
- Do you feel the tension in your ribcage?
- Do people have a hard time hearing what you are saying?