|Rudolf Otto, who looks like a deep thinker in this picture, wrote "Idea of the Holy," and it is his seminal work and has never gone out of print.|
Try this: breathe, while looking in a mirror. If you breathe shallow, your shoulders will rise. You do not want this. If this happens to you, stand straight, with your back against the wall, and take a deep breath. The wall will not allow you to raise your shoulders, and if you place your hand on your stomach you should feel it fill with air. This is what you want. You can also get the same effect by lying down.
If you have ever sang before, you probably already know how to breathe into your belly. Death Metal singers do it all the time. Actors as well must know how to breathe properly. For these types of artists, their throats are vital to them, and proper breathing does not strain the throat like shallow breathing potentially can. If you should ever find yourself having to raise your voice, do it from your gut and notice the difference as opposed to screaming from your throat.
|Mikael Akerfeldt--Mastery of breath and singing allows him to growl from his gut and sing very cleanly from his gut as well, with minimal strain on his throat, allowing him to tour regularly.|
Some things that will help you on your road to breathing include trying to breathe through your nose whenever possible. We have a filter in our throat that filters out the shit in the air, but our nose hairs can help filter out crap as well, so breathing in through the nose gets the air double filtered. To control your breathing you can also try something called a breathing ladder. I forgot where I heard of this, but most likely it was on Dragon door website and the idea is that you start at one repitition of a kettlebell swing and you match breaths with it--one rep, set it down, one breath, two reps, set it down, two breaths, and so on. And you ascend the ladder avoiding at all costs your desire to suck massive amounts of wind. I have done these before and if you can master your breath this way, you can get more out of your training.
Once you get good at belly breathing, you can practice full breathing. This will allow you to maximize your breathing potential, and hopefully awaken the serpent within.