If you believe this article is going to teach you how to breathe, you are wrong. This article is all about something you have known how to do since you came into this world.
You know how to breathe, obviously, but the question is: Do you know how to breathe properly? Is your respiration deep or shallow? Are you breathing from your chest or from your belly? Do you know what the process of breathing can do for you? Do you know benefits of focused breathing?
Many professionals teach people about breathing for one reason: respiration is a very powerful tool for humans. In this article, I will summarize some facts on breathing as a tool for improving the quality of life.
Do you know what stress reduction has in common with yoga, tai chi, the relaxation response, mindfulness, qigong and many other techniques?
Deep focused breathing!
This is a simple, effective method for calming the mind and relaxing the body. Research shows a connection between the mind and breathing: the mind follows breathing patterns! If you want to calm your mind — learn how to breathe efficiently.
Unfortunately, sedentary lifestyles, no exercise, trauma, stress, physical infections or inappropriate respiratory techniques prevent many from taking enough oxygen into the body. Less oxygen in tissues and cells can leads to illness or premature aging.
Right breathing work brings improvement to the whole human body, especially the respiratory, circulatory, immune and nervous systems. Your health depends, among other reasons, on good optimal breathing.
The philosophy of breathing, and thousands of years old Eastern traditions teach us: When you breathe well, you create health and well-being.
Today, popular tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, qigong and others are based on the circulation of the life force – chi or qi, which includes deep focused breathing and mental control.
Most of you have forgotten how to breathe like a newborn baby: deeply, fully, and from the abdomen . After years of belly breathing, you develop poor breathing patterns, which most people are not aware of.
For many people habitual breathing from the high chest, fast and shallow is the custom, but not the correct way to breath. Restricting respiration is learned behaviour. It looks like you forgot: you can voluntarily control your breathing!
Now, you are ready to accept the basic physiological fact of respiration: When life is too difficult to handle, when you are under stress or fear, you unconsciously restrict your breathing! Why?
This is your subconscious way to bring your life under control, thinking: when we control respiration, we “control” life.
Therefore, whenever you feel uneasy (fearful, stressed, angry), try to bring your breathing into the lower body (abdomen) with unrestricted, full, deep respiration. It will help you to calm your mind (nervous system).
This is the way respiration works: When you respond to a stressful situation, you will change the way you breathe.
ATTENTION: DO NOT OVERDO BREATHING EXERCISES BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HYPERVENTILATION!
ALWAYS FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS!