There is something you do every day, but not many of us think about it at all. We often take it for granted. Toddlers might do it 20-30 times per minute. Older children and adults, when resting, usually do it about 12-20 times per minute. Over the course of a day, that adds up to 17,000-30,000 times per day. If you stop doing that you’ll have to say goodbye to life. Funny how something so critical to life goes on without you even thinking about it. Without knowing it you might be messing up your sleep, mood, digestion, heart, nervous system, muscles, brain and even the development of your teeth and face structure. That’s it, it’s breathing properly.
When is the last time you thought about breathing? Unless you just ran a race or have a bad cold, you probably take breathing for granted. Breathing is as important as your heart beating. In fact, it is closely linked to the pumping of blood through your vessels. It is so important that there is even a self-help programs for it. For example http://www.breathing.com/programs.htm#clinical studies.
Breathing properly improve your health. Then, how to do it?
The art of breathing, dont take it for granted:
Breathe with the diaphragm:
Diaphragm is the large sheet-like muscle that lies at the bottom of the chest cavity. 70-80% of the inhaling should be done by the diaphragm so that your breathing is nice and deep. This can bring many benefits: massaging and giving a rhythmical balance to your liver, stomach and intestines, your heart won’t have to work as hard since this method decrease pressure in the chest and belly, your muscle can relax and pains such as shoulders and neck will go away.
2.Breathe through the nose:
Have you ever wondered what is the hair in our nose for? It’s a part of the breathing factory, which prepares the air coming in to be used by the body as effectively as possible. Nose hair is the air filter. When you breathe with the mouth, the air coming into your body is unfiltered. Your lungs don’t like this. Also, if you don’t breathe with your nose for a while, it will get stuffy as it has adapted to not working.
Breathe steadily means your breathing must be rhythmic. The time of your inhales should match the pace of your exhales. To practice this, try starting with a count of three: inhale for a count of two and exhale for a count of three. Remember to do this at a comfortable pace. Don’t force yourself as you breathe. Just try to do it in the most natural way.
“Noisy breathing will distract your mind as long as it lasts.”
– H. David Coulter, Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, p 127.
Have you ever noticed this? Your breathing patterns have a connection with your thoughts, health state and feelings. The patterns of your breathing tell the condition of your body. Therefore, to breathe quietly, do not force the air on your exhale and do not rush to draw the air in on the inhale, which is breathing naturally—without effort.
The benefits of breathing properly:
Breathing is what keeps us alive. Breathing properly brings you more energy, improved health, greater harmony, less anxiety, less fear, better relationships. In general, breathing properly brings you a happier and healthier life.
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