Beyond its physical prowess, the human core holds a deeper connection – one that resonates with our emotional landscape. Just as it provides stability and balance to our bodies, the core can also mirror our emotional state. It’s no coincidence that we often speak of “gut feelings” or “butterflies in the stomach” when emotions run high. The core, with its intricate web of muscles, houses a network of nerves that communicates directly with our brain’s emotional center.

Through the avenue of breathwork, we have the remarkable opportunity to tap into this visceral connection, using intentional breath to soothe anxieties, release tension, and even harness emotional energy for a renewed sense of empowerment. So, as we delve into the realm of strengthening the core through breathwork, remember that we’re not just sculpting muscles – we’re nurturing a profound channel for emotional expression and well-being.

Here we bring to you a simple Taoist breathing exercise that will soothe your emotions and focus on your inner organs where trauma is often stored. The exercise incorporates six kind of healing exhalations, each associated with a different sound that harmonizes the body and strengthens the core. This exercise is a great addition to your core workout routine and a further helping step towards a stronger, sculpted abdomen.

Meditation and Breathwork pose

When to Perform?

  1. Perform this exercise on an empty stomach.
  2. This is a great exercise to perform before your workout as it warms up the body and also activates the core.

How to Perform?

Position and Seating

  1. Sit in a cross-legged position or on a chair.
  2. Make sure that your spine is straight.
  3. Place your hands over your knees with palms facing upwards.

Method

  1. The “Sssss” exhale

    Meditation and Breathwork pose

    • Inhale deep into your belly through your nose, thus expanding your abdomen.
    • Do not pause after you inhale.
    • Perform a long exhale through your mouth while making a “Sssss” sound.
    • As you exhale, tighten your core or abdomen muscles.
    • Direct the sound towards your chest area to soothe your lungs and colon
    • Complete 3 rounds of this breathing exercise and move to next exercise without a break.
  2. The “Whooo” exhale

    Meditation and Breathwork pose

    • Inhale deep into your belly through your nose, thus expanding your abdomen.
    • Do not pause after you inhale.
    • Perform a long exhale through your mouth while making a “Whooo” sound.
    • As you exhale, tighten your core or abdomen muscles.
    • Direct the sound towards your lower abdomen to ease your kidneys and bladder.
    • Complete 3 rounds of this breathing exercise and move to next exercise without a break.
  3. The “Shhhh” exhale

    Meditation and Breathwork pose

    • Inhale deep into your belly through your nose, thus expanding your abdomen.
    • Do not pause after you inhale.
    • Perform a long exhale through your mouth while making a “Shhhh” sound.
    • As you exhale, tighten your core or abdomen muscles.
    • Direct the sound towards your middle abdomen to focus on your liver and gall bladder.
    • Complete 3 rounds of this breathing exercise and move to next exercise without a break.
  4. The “Haaaa” exhale

    Breathing Exercise to strengthen the core

    • Inhale deep into your belly through your nose, thus expanding your abdomen.
    • Do not pause after you inhale.
    • Perform a long exhale through your mouth while making a “Haaaa” sound.
    • As you exhale, tighten your core or abdomen muscles.
    • Direct the sound towards your heart.
    • Complete 3 rounds of this breathing exercise and move to next exercise without a break.
  5. The “Woooo” exhale

    Breathing Exercise to strengthen the core

    • Inhale deep into your belly through your nose, thus expanding your abdomen.
    • Do not pause after you inhale.
    • Perform a long exhale through your mouth while making a gutteral “Woooo” sound in the back of your throat.
    • As you exhale, tighten your core or abdomen muscles.
    • Direct the sound towards your stomach.
    • Complete 3 rounds of this breathing exercise and move to next exercise without a break.
  6. The “Heeee” exhale

    Breathing Exercise to strengthen the core

    • Inhale deep into your belly through your nose, thus expanding your abdomen.
    • Do not pause after you inhale.
    • Perform a long exhale through your mouth while making a “Heeee” sound through your teeth.
    • As you exhale, tighten your core or abdomen muscles.
    • Direct the sound towards your core.
    • Complete 3 rounds of this breathing exercise.

This breathing exercise works wonders by relaxing the internal organs and helping in the release of physical and emotional trauma. This soothing of the organs and constant locking of the abdomen during exhalation strengthens the core.

It should be noted that this exercise impacts multiple organs in different ways and thus it should be performed based on your capacity. If required, do consult a healthcare specialist in case you are undergoing any particular medical condition.