Tom Myers: Why Yogic Deep Breathing Matters More than You Think - The Many Important Functions of the Diaphragm

Updated: 
October 07, 2022

Most any yoga practitioner knows the importance of full, deep diaphragmatic breathing to enhance wellbeing and reduce stress. However, while the diaphragm plays a significant role in respiration, it has many other important functions that are often overlooked.

As Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains explains in the video below, the movement of the diaphragm causes all of the organs around it to move, offering a gentle massage to your vital organs with each breath.

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle, which forms a partition between the abdominal cavity and the thoracic cavity. This location allows it to be a significant mover of organs.

When the diaphragm contracts, it makes space for the lungs to more fully expand in the chest cavity. The heart rests on top of the diaphragm, and when the top of it moves down about a half an inch, the heart moves along with it. The kidneys sit beneath the diaphragm: on an inhalation they go down five centimeters as the diaphragm contracts, and on an exhalation they move back up as the diaphragm expands.

This simple movement of the diaphragm is essential to the body’s health. The resulting movements in the organs help to stimulate blood flow, and keep this precious area of our anatomy from falling stagnant.

Yoga Anatomy Video with Tom Myers

Listen to Tom Myers in this video excerpt highlight these and other important roles of the diaphragm. This excerpt is a Sneak Peek at one of the videos with Tom Myers from our Yoga 2.0 Wellness Educator Professional Training for Yoga Teachers.

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