“To breathe properly is to live properly” – Yogi Raman
Breath is essential for life, It would make sense to optimise the core physiological response that keeps us alive.
When we breathe we supply the body and brain with the oxygen it needs to perform at an optimal level.
The more oxygen you have in your body and brain, the more energy you have.
Your breath gives a good indication of your current state of mind – Often when we are stressed, anxious, or nervous, the breath becomes short and shallow – restricting the blood flow of oxygen to our vital organs.
The fastest way to double the amount of energy you have is to improve your breathing. Here are 3 ways to ensure you’re a breathing more effectively:
- Breathe deeper
The desire to breathe comes from the build-up of carbon dioxide (CO2) not the desire for oxygen.
The build up of CO2 concentration in the blood and lungs gives the involuntary response to breathe – when you take deep breathes the drop in CO2 is acknowledged by the brain and reduces the stress on the respiratory muscles.
Become more conscious of how deep you breathe throughout the day – avoid short, shallow, breathing; this puts undue strain on our muscles.
If you realise your breathing is shallow, consciously take a deep inhale followed by a large exhale. Focus on exhaling longer than the inhale to maximise the removal of carbon dioxide.
The breathing exercises in yoga will increase elasticity of the lungs and rib cage, this will expand your breathing capacity.
The deep and slow breathing that is incorporated into yoga targets the parasympathetic nervous system – this causes a reduction in heart rate and relaxation of the muscles.
Outside of the studio this provides tremendous – increased oxygen intake reduces the stress on the heart enabling it to pump oxygen more efficiently around the body.
Check out the other amazing benefits a consistent yoga practice can offer here.
When you meditate on breath you bring your attention to the sensation of your lungs expanding and contracting.
This is a great way of noticing if you are breathing too shallow. When you find time in the day to pause and meditate on breath, you begin to notice your own unhealthy breathing habits.
There is a strong connection between breathing state and mental state, to clear your mind you must first clear your breath. Meditation allows connection between the mind and body – the connection to the body is done through breath and once achieved will dissolve any mental and physical blockages.
Become a more conscious person
“Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space.” (Oneness with All Life) ~ Eckhart Tolle
The moment you bring your attention back to your breath you instantly become connected to the present moment opening you up to whole new dimension of life free of stress, anxieties, and worries.
This dimension is available to us all the time – Budda once said ‘one moment of perfect awareness is one moment of perfect enlightenment’
Enter this dimension more frequently and your life will begin to transform for the better.