Clearly, you are alive which means some breath is getting in. The problem is not with baseline survival it is with an abundance of air. Enough air to satisfy survival, optimal health, AND a wealth of communication.
Stop thinking about breathing as if it is only about the physical realm. Think of breath as the fuel for everything you want to achieve.
Your task today is to make a point to breathe in through your nose slowly, as if you are smelling the most amazing thing. Then, exhale audibly through your mouth as if that breath was EVERYTHING.
Also, watch this cool video of a lion roaring and note how well he supports his breathing (and with it the sound) with abdominal contraction.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.