The Times: Why I hired a breath coach by Bridget Harrison

I am lying on the floor with one hand on my belly, which I am trying to inflate like a balloon as I breathe in. I inhale through my mouth, try to send the air right down to my abdomen, exhale, then repeat. “Now connect each breath, like a wave,” instructs Aimee Hartley, my breath coach. I won’t lie — it’s hard work. It’s not like the nice bit at the end of a yoga class when you just lie there and breathe.  An hour later it’s a different story. After getting the hang of breathing this way, I don’t know where the time has gone. I feel as if I have been in another state — at times almost asleep, then suddenly overcome by emotion,…