To get the best results from each stretch you do, pay attention to how you are breathing:

  • Don't hold your breath. Sometimes when concentrating on a specific movement or position, it's easy to "forget" to breathe. Many people do this when first learning strength-training exercises also.
  • Take deep, slow breaths. Concentrate on bringing air deep into your lungs so that your abdomen rises when you inhale. (In contrast, a sign of shallow breathing is that the upper chest rises when you inhale.)
  • Listen to soft or classical music while stretching. This will help you maintain a slow, rhythmic breathing pattern.