What are pursed lips breathing? Why you should do it

Here is how you can do it

Just like mindful eating and mindful walking, mindful breathing is equally important. It isn’t an activity only for monks, but crucial for every individual.

Pursed lips breathing is also a type of mindful breathing technique, designed to make every breath you take effective. It is a slow and deliberate breathing technique, giving you more control over your breathing, which is effective for people suffering from different respiratory problems.

How to do perform pursed lips breathing

In pursed lips breathing, you breathe in through your nose and exhale slowly by puckering your lips. The right way to practice it is:

Step 1: Sit somewhere in a comfortable position with your back straight.

Step 2: Inhale through your nose for about seconds. Fill your abdomen with the air, instead of your lungs.

Step 3: Purse your lips and breathe out slowly for 4 to 6 seconds.

Step 4: Repeat the same 5-10 times.

This breathing technique should be practised twice or thrice daily until it becomes a habit. With time you can increase the inhale and exhale counts.

Benefits of pursed lips breathing

Pursed lips breathing helps to strengthen your lungs and is quite effective for people dealing with chronic lungs problems. This breathing technique is advised for everyone suffering from asthma, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

This breathing technique can help the lungs work better, and ease the symptoms of different respiratory issues, which includes shortness of breath, wheezing, cough and heaviness in the chest.

Not only for people suffering from a respiratory issue, but pursed lips breathing is also good for healthy people. It can help to get rid of stale air in the lungs and help the lungs and diaphragm to work better and transport more oxygen in the body.

The takeaway

Apart from pursed lips breathing, there are different kinds of breathing technique that you can practise for slow breathing and filling your lungs. You can try belly breathing or diaphragmic breathing. All these breathing techniques are safe to practise and quite beneficial.