Get to know it and you will unlock your inner power.  Maybe even walk on fire!

One of my favorite things to do is breathe.  I just love how it makes me feel…calm, centered, grounded, inspired, quiet.  Oh, yeah.  And it keeps me alive!  Breath is the link between the conscious and unconscious mind.  You can change your life by changing your breath.  Anxiety?  Stress?  Get to know your breath.  Back pain?  Tight hip flexors?  Get to know your breath. Your respiratory diaphragm is the primary muscle of respiration, breathing and it is located at your CENTER!  When you lose your center, which we often do in our busy lifestyles, you create tension in the respiratory diaphragm.  This creates tension in your breath.  You cannot find peace of mind without peace in your diaphragm, the center of your being.  The facts below introduce the anatomy of this most important muscle and start you on the journey of taking responsibility for your breath!   Healing your body and mind from the inside out begins with your breath.  You are in charge.  It is after all, YOUR breath.

Your respiratory diaphragm can impact tissues above and below it.


Ribs, vertebrae, cranial bones, shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, femur connect to the diaphragm.

Extreme diaphragm vacuum is uddiyana bandha.  This is an awesome exercise for the diaphragm.

Shape of the diaphragm is created by the organs it encloses.  (Liver)

Pumping away, the heart enjoys riding up and down, actually tethered to the diaphragm.

Inferior to the diaphragm is the liver.

Receptive core = receptive breath.  Get the deep layers of the torso unglued for better breath.

Abdominal muscles must cooperate with diaphragm for breathing, speaking, coughing, etc.

Three-dimensional space of the lungs is home to the diaphragm.

Openings in the diaphragm exist for the inferior vena cava, esophagus, descending aorta.

Radiating fibers or tails of the diaphragm connect to the fascia of psoas and quadratus lumborum.

You can think of the diaphragm as a belly bulger or rib cage lifter.


Dome-shaped muscle that’s the floor of the thoracic cavity and roof of the abdominal cavity.

Inhalation-dome moves downward, increasing the volume of the thorax and lungs.

And exhalation-dome moves upward and the elastic lung tissue returns to its normal size.

Properly functioning breathing muscles = structural foundation for the torso & nervous system.

Hiccups are the result of an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm.

Roughly 90 percent of the diaphragm rests on flexible tissues. (keep your tissues flexible)

Abdominal breathing relaxes the diaphragm’s nerves, helping to create a calmer body & mind.

Get to know this primary breathing muscle at your center and unlock your inner power!

Muscle fibers of the diaphragm attach to the inner surface of the ribs & the lumbar vertebrae.

What to do?  What to do?  Learn how to breathe properly.  It’s so important.  Get down and roll out all the muscles connected to the diaphragm, using your YTU therapy balls!  New sizes are ready and waiting for you!  Roll into relief by releasing the muscles and tissues and fascia of the thoracic spine!

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Watch our free Quickfix videos.

Read Your Respiratory Diaphragm: Meet in the Middle

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