Typical North-American Breathing makes people more reactionary & prone to emotional outburst!
~Short breaths create short tempers Long Slow Deep Breaths make a very powerful individual~ Master Moy Lin Shin
Knowing this, Think about how much PMS, Aggressive Swearing & Low energy level we can fix one breath at a time 😉
to tap into the full potential of breathing, most do it the wrong way, This is the right way. Just as eating the right type of food is necessary to get nutrients and results… similarly it is important that you apply the correct breathing technique to get maximum benefits from Breath. It’s Your first line of energy and… The Most Important.
The Breath of Life
The significance of conscious breathing has been known to mankind since many millennia. The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, stress on the relationship between breathing and flow of energy; all postures, movements, stretches and exercises in yoga are effective only when the correct breathing technique is followed. Even the Tai Chi Chuan practice is all about coordinating breathing with physical movements and postures.
Ancient wisdom, as we have come to learn, has been bang on about most things; the kind of food we should eat, lifestyle and, the correlation between breathing and the quality and longevity of life.
Yes, that’s right, lifespan is greatly influenced by how you breathe: breathing rhythm and volume.
This chart, put together by Buteyko Clinic, USA, is the best example of the correlation between breathing and lifespan.
|Breathing rate, breaths/min
|4-5 (lying down)
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Tissue oxygenation is responsible for all the bodily functions and endurance. Taking longer and slower breaths increases the oxygen saturation in your cells. While improper breathing will lead to oxygen deficiency. By maintaining a healthy breathing rhythm, which is deep and slow, you will increase alpha waves in your brain. Alpha waves are relaxing and boost creative thinking.
By breathing in an optimal manner you will be able to decrease your respiratory rate which in turn has a positive impact on your lung capacity and function. When you experience stress or perceive a threat, your Sympathetic Nervous System releases hormones that prepares your body to react in a certain manner. This is known as the ‘fight or flight’ response.
This causes the breathing to become faster, increases the heart rate, and leads to minimal breath being drawn into the lungs. This is harmful to us in the long run and gives could result in the development of chronic ailments such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Through diaphragmatic breathing you can better cope with stress by affecting the Parasympathetic Nervous System to respond instead. Parasympathetic Nervous System has the opposite effect as compared to the Sympathetic Nervous System; it induces a relaxation response thereby having a positive impact on the heart and the lungs. So, if you are feeling anxious or depressed, shift your focus to your breath and see how you gradually start to feel better. Sense your posture too, I guarantee when your stresses your shoulders have risen. This Cuts off the flow of energy, Relax them.
Breath works on the psyche and body by working on your nervous system.
Be conscious of how you breathe. Optimal breathing is:
- abdominal (instead of chest breathing)
Once you start to breathe as well you will experience many benefits-
- Calms the nerves
- Fights depression
- Increases concentration
- Improves blood circulation
- Increases endurance levels
- Stimulates good sleep
- Increases life longevity
Until you get the hang of it, you will Constantly need to recalibrate your breath. I like to do this 5 minutes before I get out of bed. It really gets you ready for your day. Here’s another great excercise to make you mindful of your breath:
Master your breath. Master your body and mind.
You can bring awareness to your breath by practising alternate nostril breathing daily, for 5 minutes or so. It is known as the Nadi Shodhan Pranayama in yoga.
- Sit down on a chair or on the floor, in a traffic jam, or stand inline in a store 😉 . Be comfortable.
- Your spine should be erect.
- Close your eyes softly.
- Keep a gentle smile on your face.
- Let the tip of your tongue gently rest against the top palate behind the upper teeth.
- Rest your left hand on your left knee, palm facing upward with the tips of your thumb and index finger joining at the tips.
- Place the tips of your right hand’s index and middle fingers on your forehead between your eyebrows, the thumb on the right nostril and the ring finger on the left nostril.
- First breathe out of the left nostril while your thumb is pressed against the right nostril.
- Then, with your thumb still pressed against right nostril, breathe in through the left nostril.
- Now press the left nostril with the ring finger and remove the thumb from the right nostril. Exhale through right nostril with the ring finger pressing down the left nostril.
- Inhale through the right nostril.
- Then back to step 8 and repeat.
- Always remember to breathe in from the same nostril that you breathe out through.
The function of this pranayama is to balance the energy in your body. Enjoy its calming effects and then go and conquer the world with a renewed energy!!
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