Techniques to Strengthen Your Breathing

When it comes to speech producing (talking), the respiratory apparatus rules. It’s not the area of vocal folds but the depth of your body that gives birth to your voice, and deep breathing supports the whole process of voice leading.

The trained vocal breath possesses the qualities such as

  • dimension,
  • power,
  • freedom, and
  • steadiness.

By dimension, we mean the full-scale usage of your lungs volume, abdominal muscles work, and diaphragm work during your talk.

The power of breath is about the blow strength.

The freedom means a rational operating of your breathing system muscles. By breath steadiness, we mean the ability to pronounce a long statement with a constant power of breath and any speed of talking.

To develop a beautiful and confident voice, as well as clear diction, one should learn how to organize vocal breathing that would have all above qualities.

Check Your Breathing

Regular vocal breathing happens as follows:

One tightens an underbelly, as well as buttocks muscles and takes a sniff. By sniffing, low and middle parts of a belly expand and, thereby, bumped up abs push a diaphragm slightly, hitching the air up. One breath outs with a mouth.

When breath in, one shouldn’t have any air excess in lungs: it tightens vocal folds, making a voice lose its natural tone color. Air shortage is impermissible, too: it can cause adverse effects in lungs and deprive power and volume of one’s voice.

As long as voice and breathing are two going hand in hand processes, regular breathing strengthens talking steadiness, as well as unveils voice capabilities.

Breathing Techniques to Try

When doing the following exercises, stand straight. Marched your shoulders back, have feet shoulder width apart, and tighten your underbelly and buttocks. Snuff but breath out with a mouth. Unbrace the muscles, and don’t up or down your shoulders or clavicles.

  1. Lie down on back, put your hand on a belly, and breath quietly. See how your hand goes up while you breath in and how it goes down while you breath out. Do the following: while breathing out, blow the air with the “f-f-f” sound, as it activates your diaphragm movements. Do it three-four times. (To make it more complex, you can put a book on your belly.)

  2. Stand straight. Fill your lungs bottom-up: breath in a way to blow your belly. Fill your chest under ribs, and then go to arm-pits. Continue breathing in until you feel that you are full of air. Fill all resonant areas, including your nose and throat. You should have a feeling that you are full of air.

  3. Light a candle and put it at your lips level. Stand straight and square your shoulders. Make a deep sniff and start breathing out with the “s-s-s-s” sound, avoiding the flickering of your candle’s flame. Your task is to control the power of breath-out and make it last as long as possible. Watch your diaphragm condition and don’t suck in.

  4. With the help of expired air, try snuffing out candles on your imaginary cake, keeping hold of falling fluffs, or imitating a dog’s breathing in hot weather. Do the exercise with your mouth breath first, and then do the same with your nasal one.

  5. “Warm out-breath”. Imagine your hands cold. Take a deep sniff and “warm” your hands. Your out-breath should be slow and regular; to control your diaphragm, you can hold one hand on your belly.

When done on a regular basis, these exercises will help you develop the correct mechanism of vocal breathing and strengthen your breathing muscles. Having mastered regular breathing while standing straight, you are welcome to try doing the exercises while walking, jogging, or coming upstairs.