One of the most important elements in freediving & spearfishing is breathing control. Besides its obvious use, breathing plays an important role in our physical & emotional well being. How does one learn how to breath in a correct manner though? Multiple national record holder and Alchemy athlete Helena Bourdillon explains.
Breathe Through Your Nose
Now i'm not saying that nose breathing will prevent these things from entering into your lungs, there is no data to support that, but what i am saying is, you are helping you, are giving your immune system the fighting chance to help you by breathing through your nose. Because when you breathe through your mouth, you get none of those benefits. Our mouths are for eating and talking, our noses are for breathing. So, first thing most important, always breathe through your nose. With that you'll need to look at your posture slightly, because it's quite difficult to breathe through your nose when you're hunched over. So either standing or sitting upright with shoulders down. If that's really uncomfortable, if you're sitting you're finding it's creating tension, just lean back against the cushion slightly and focus on breathing through your nose, which will help you draw the air down into the lower part of the lungs, which is going to start stimulating those feelings of well-being and relaxation and take you away from the fight or flight mode which encourages the stress and anxiety. So, one, breathe through your nose.