You are noticing your breath. Now we want to look at where you are breathing from in your body.
Many people are upper-chest breathers, this means that the breaths are short and rapid, not fully oxygenating the blood. We want to move the breath to the lower abdomen. This can begin to occur just by drawing our attention to where the breath originates from.
Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest. Close your eyes and take several deep, slow inhalations focusing on moving the breath to your lower abdomen. As you inhale, your belly will expand like a balloon. As you exhale, begin to pull the lower abdomen into your spine, pushing the air out like a bellows.
In the beginning this practice of moving the breath into your diaphragm may take some effort, that is fine. Make a commitment to keep practicing until it feels easier to breath from low in your belly.
Be gentle, but do this often, throughout the day, everyday. Pull the breath down deep, fully expanding the belly, then pull the belly in, expelling all the air completely. This is the next step in our breathing practice, drawing the breath deep in the abdomen, exhaling slowly and completely.