5 Yoga Poses To Strengthen Your Diaphragm

May 24, 2021
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Welcome to Sheridan Movement Studios, your go-to destination for arts and entertainment in the field of performing arts. In this article, we will explore the power of yoga poses in strengthening your diaphragm and improving your breathing techniques. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a beginner, these poses are suitable for everyone looking to enhance their overall well-being.

The Diaphragm and Its Importance

Before diving into the poses, let's understand the role of the diaphragm in breathing and why strengthening it is so essential. The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle located at the base of the lungs. It plays a vital role in the process of inhalation and exhalation, helping you take deep, controlled breaths. A strong diaphragm improves lung capacity, oxygenation, and overall respiratory health.

The Top 5 Yoga Poses for Diaphragm Strengthening

1. Deep Breathing (Pranayama)

Deep breathing exercises are a great starting point to strengthen your diaphragm. Find a comfortable seated position, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Take slow, deep inhalations, and exhale fully. Gradually increase the duration of each breath while maintaining a smooth and controlled rhythm. Deep breathing exercises help relax the mind, reduce stress, and improve overall lung function.

2. Extended Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Begin in a standing position with your feet wide apart. Turn your right foot outward and stretch your arms parallel to the ground. Extend your torso to the right, bending from the hip joint. Your left hand should reach down towards your shin, ankle, or the floor, while your right arm extends towards the sky. This pose stretches the side torso, massages the abdominal organs, and strengthens the diaphragm.

3. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

Lie down on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Place your arms alongside your body, palms facing down. Press your feet into the floor, engage your gluteal muscles, and lift your hips off the ground. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel. This pose not only strengthens the diaphragm but also activates the respiratory muscles, improving lung capacity.

4. Child's Pose (Balasana)

Kneel down on the floor, big toes touching, and sit on your heels. Gently lower your torso between your thighs and extend your arms forward, resting your forehead on the mat. Allow your breath to deepen as you relax into the stretch. The Child's Pose relieves tension from the diaphragm and promotes relaxation, allowing you to connect with your breath more effectively.

5. Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Lie down on your back, legs extended and arms relaxed alongside your body, palms facing up. Close your eyes and allow your body to completely relax. Take deep, slow breaths, focusing on the rise and fall of your abdomen. Savasana not only helps integrate the benefits of the other poses but also promotes diaphragmatic breathing, reducing stress and promoting overall relaxation.


By regularly practicing these 5 yoga poses, you can strengthen your diaphragm, enhance your breathing techniques, and experience improved overall well-being. Remember, consistency is key when it comes to reaping the benefits of yoga. Start incorporating these poses into your practice and witness the positive impact they have on your respiratory health.

At Sheridan Movement Studios, we offer a wide range of classes for individuals of all skill levels. Our experienced instructors will guide and support you on your journey towards optimum well-being. Join us today and discover the transformative power of yoga for yourself.

Michelle Orhan
These yoga poses for the diaphragm are a great addition to my practice. Can't wait to give them a try.
Nov 3, 2023
John Lacour
These yoga poses will take your breath away! 🧘 Boost your diaphragm strength and improve breathing. 💪🌬️
Oct 17, 2023
Erika Kalter
I love that yoga has so many benefits beyond just flexibility. Learning to strengthen the diaphragm is fascinating!
Sep 14, 2023
Hitesh Vacharajani
The connection between yoga and improved breathing is fascinating. I can't wait to give these poses a try.
May 22, 2023
Daniel Fenton
These poses look like they could really help with my asthma. Grateful for the suggestions!
Apr 17, 2023
Bilal Brohi
I've read about the benefits of yoga on breathing, so I'm excited to dive deeper into these diaphragm-strengthening poses.
Apr 8, 2023
Patrick Bamford
I love incorporating yoga into my daily routine, and these poses seem like a great addition. Looking forward to trying them out!
Feb 25, 2023
Patrick Mickelberry
Breathing deeply is something I struggle with. Perhaps these poses can help me improve.
Feb 9, 2023
Rahul Bhagat
I've been looking for ways to improve my breathing techniques. These poses seem promising.
Jan 18, 2023
I've been practicing yoga for years, and I'm excited to see how these poses can specifically target diaphragm strength.
Jan 9, 2023
Ismail Rahman
Breathwork has always interested me, so I'm eager to explore these diaphragm-strengthening yoga poses in more depth.
Dec 20, 2022
David Hagan
Yoga has been essential for my overall well-being, and I'm eager to discover these diaphragm-strengthening poses.
Dec 16, 2022
Ty Henrie
As someone who practices yoga regularly, I'm delighted to discover these new poses targeting the diaphragm. Thank you!
Nov 21, 2022
Alexandra Clarke
Yoga has been a game-changer for my respiratory health. Can't wait to add these poses to my routine!
Nov 20, 2022
Cristin Wondergem
Breath control is key in yoga, and I'm excited to enhance my diaphragm strength with these poses. Thanks for sharing!
Nov 4, 2022
Dan Murrin
Thanks for sharing these yoga poses! I can't wait to try them out.
Oct 29, 2022
Dan Vweqyn
The diaphragm is such a crucial muscle for breathing. It's great to learn how yoga can help strengthen it effectively.
Oct 6, 2022
Steve Masters
These poses seem like a great way to nurture the mind-body connection. Can't wait to feel the benefits of diaphragm strengthening!
Oct 4, 2022
Eduardo Borges
Yoga has been a life-changer for me. Excited to see how these poses can further improve my practice.
Sep 3, 2022
Angelos Giotis
I've been feeling a bit out of breath lately. Hoping these yoga poses can help me out.
Aug 25, 2022
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Breathing is so underrated. Thank you for highlighting its importance and sharing these poses!
Aug 16, 2022
Simon Wilcox
🧘‍♀️ Yoga never fails to amaze me with its benefits. Can't wait to learn more about diaphragm-strengthening poses!
Aug 15, 2022
Tracey Stevenson
I always love learning about new ways to improve my yoga practice. These diaphragm-focused poses are great additions.
Aug 13, 2022
Danny Walker
I believe yoga can greatly improve respiratory function. Looking forward to incorporating these poses into my practice.
Jun 22, 2022
Kelly Buccino
As a beginner yogi, I'm always eager to learn new techniques. Strengthening the diaphragm sounds like an interesting focus.
Jun 10, 2022
Teri Raleigh
These poses look challenging but super beneficial. Can't wait to step up my yoga game with them!
Apr 30, 2022
Patrick Macedo
Yoga has been a game-changer for my health, and I'm intrigued to see how these poses can further enhance my breathing.
Apr 18, 2022
Todd Kreuter
I've been struggling with my breathing lately, so I'm excited to see how these poses can help.
Apr 4, 2022
Jenny Zheng
The mind-body connection in yoga never ceases to amaze me. Looking forward to trying these diaphragm-strengthening poses.
Mar 24, 2022
Frank Rojas
Breathing techniques are so important, and yoga is a fantastic way to improve them. Thanks for the informative article!
Mar 21, 2022
So fascinating to learn how yoga can have such a positive impact on something as crucial as breathing.
Mar 14, 2022
Christine Maher
I've always wanted to explore yoga poses for diaphragm strength. This article is a great starting point.
Mar 7, 2022
Conor Hunt
Thank you for shedding light on the importance of diaphragm strength in yoga. Looking forward to trying these poses!
Jan 2, 2022
Todd Welton
As a singer, strengthening my diaphragm is crucial. These poses are a great addition to my daily practice.
Dec 31, 2021
Paulo Cintra
Yoga's impact on the body's internal systems is truly incredible. Excited to explore these diaphragm-strengthening poses!
Dec 21, 2021
Kitty Kitty
Breathing techniques are so important, especially during stressful times. Excited to learn more about these yoga poses!
Dec 7, 2021
Paul Hammersmith
I've always struggled with breathing during workouts. Hoping these poses can help me improve.
Nov 12, 2021
Eric Pickett
Yoga has always been a source of relaxation and physical fitness for me. Excited to explore its benefits for respiratory health.
Nov 9, 2021
David Cicilline
The diaphragm is such an underrated muscle. So excited to learn how to strengthen it with yoga.
Nov 8, 2021
Couldn't have come across this article at a more perfect time. Can't wait to incorporate these poses into my practice.
Oct 21, 2021
Jen Piceno
Looking forward to improving my breathing techniques with these yoga poses. Thanks for the informative article!
Sep 26, 2021
Robert Davis
The way yoga impacts the body in so many different ways is amazing. Looking forward to trying these poses.
Sep 4, 2021
David Higley
Excited to see how these yoga poses can enhance my overall well-being. Thanks for the insightful article!
Jul 2, 2021
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I never realized yoga could have such a positive impact on the diaphragm. Excited to give it a try!
Jun 3, 2021
Priyanka Mahankali
Learning new yoga poses always excites me. Can't wait to incorporate these into my practice.
Jun 1, 2021