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    Vocabulary: idioms: breathing

    Breathing properly is a fundamental aspect to live well. In our modern industrialised society, our breath is more and more threatened by city air pollution and chemical pollutions. The number of the people suffering from asthma is increasing dramatically. Many patients are imposed long-term control medicationsTherefore, you should get used to recognising and using the vocabulary and expressions about breathing (in the concrete and figurative forms). Here, the medical aspect of "breathing" will not be considered. 


     Being a breath of fresh air. 


                   To catch one's breath      

                    To hold one's breath             


              To take your breath away         



               To be out of breath/ breathless       

       To have a stitch=> to recover one's breath


                         To breathe in/ out                    


                             To gasp       

        To have bad/ offensive breath            


                 To take a deep breath        


     To draw/ take a deep/ a long breath                 To draw one's last breath  
     To lose one's breath  To get one's second breath 
     To have sweet breath                    To go for a breath of fresh air                          
     Mentioned in the same breath The breath of life
     Breath test/ breathalyser (US)                               In one breath

    Several expressions use UNDER ONE'S BREATH, (= in a quiet voice or whisper, given great care).


     To laugh under one's breath                                To speak under one's breath                          
     To swear under one's breath  To talk oneself out of breath  

    Here are a few PROVERBS: 


     Who is brave enough to tell the lion that his breath smells?   

     - Fear less, hope more;[...] Whine less, breathe more; And all good things are yours.

     Better the cold blast of winter than the hot breath of a pursuing elephant.

     You must have crossed the river before you may tell the crocodile he has bad breath.

     - He is too idle to fetch his breath. 

     A heart that is rotten -- breath that smells. 

    - Taking "BREATHING LESSONS"...

    Breathing" is a tool for emotional freedom. It's a tool for "feeling", and for our body to "heal itself". 

    Breathing... is a natural action which is indispensable to Life. Fortunately, this action is "automatic" Our brain gives continuous orders for our breathing to take place. Yet, we can also "breathe" voluntarily and freely.

    This action sets "boundaries" to our Life (from the "First Breath" to the "Lasp Gasp"). Since the age of five, it's said, human beings start "breathing  wrong"... When we breathe vertically (with our lungs, neck and shoulders) our body, and especially our muscles suffer.  Anxiety is increasing... Stress is swamping us, and a burn-out is lurking... If we "breathe wrong", we can't live well, because our breathing has an impact on our organs (digestive, muscular and articulatory pains...) and our spirit (moral, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia...) Therefore, it is FUNDAMENTAL to re-establish this "horizontal breathing" thanks to a systematic and regular training of what we used to do so naturally and easily at birth, and had forgotten... 

       Diaphragmatic breathing 

       Diaphragmatic breathing                  The rhythm of a breath

    The act of "breathing" establishes a link between body and spirit 
    (the body and the spirit). Many respiratory 
    techniques may help to remember this link... (Relaxation - Yoga - Sophrology - Pilates - Meditation - ...)

    How much breath you take ...=  How much Life you're ready to Live... Therefore, GO... TAKE A DEEP BREATH! 


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