The Amazing Power of Deeper Breathing

When was the last time you paused and took a deeper breath? It was probably immediately after reading the first line in this blog, wasn’t it? I know. It’s something we easily forget to do. Yet breathing is one of the most neglected sources of power in our lives. It sounds strange to suggest that we don’t breathe very effectively because it’s something that happens automatically in the background. We assume that our breathing must be sufficient or we wouldn’t be alive and able to read these words!

Breathing is the most fundamental necessity for sustaining life. Yet most of us rarely appreciate the hidden benefits of breathing more deeply, more efficiently and more effectively.

From the most basic perspective, breathing is the process of introducing oxygen into the body with the in-breath and releasing waste products in the form of carbon dioxide in the out-breath. Simple! This super-efficient method of transporting and exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide is one the most vital components for sustaining your life.

Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life. – Gregory Maguire

Shallow breathing is a common symptom of a stressed life and it’s an unmistakable sign of anxiety, or other forms of emotional distress. Too little oxygen and an accumulation of carbon dioxide are the obvious results of shallow, inefficient breathing and they can easily lead to feelings of physical and mental fatigue.

The great news is that an effective breathing exercise can be learned in just a few minutes and some of the benefits will be experienced immediately.

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. – Anonymous

The key is to make a little time every day to practise. That’s the only way to discover the profound benefits that flow from regular, calmer, deeper breathing.

It’s very helpful to choose a place where you won’t be disturbed. Make a point of using the same place for your daily practice. However, once you feel comfortable with the techniques, you’ll be able to enjoy them anywhere. Plus: the more you practise breathing powerfully and deeply, the more resistant you’ll become to stress.

It’s always recommended that you breathe through your nose if that’s possible. If not, you’ll have to breathe through your mouth because these are the only viable alternatives! And you’ll need to find a position where you can feel comfortable. This is especially important if your goal is to relax. Obviously, if your intention is to relax deeply and fall asleep, then you should lie down.

If you’re seated, remember to maintain good posture with your head comfortably balanced on your spine, your arms and legs uncrossed and your feet placed firmly on the floor.

 Only when you explore the ecstasy of simply being, where even to breathe is a distraction, can you call yourself complete. – Sadghuru

Relax and draw in the breath by gently expanding your ribs, taking the breath down as deeply as possible. Make sure your throat is always relaxed. This is considered essential in the ancient traditions of Yoga. See if you can hold the breath for one or two heartbeats before exhaling fully and completely. Emptying the lungs is a powerful way to help your body detox. Pause for a moment before inhaling again.

This simple rhythm is deeply calming and will help you to feel more balanced and centered. Your thoughts may become sharper, clearer and better defined. Your thinking processes will become more acute. You may feel a surge of natural creativity. But this simple technique can reward you with a wonderfully profound sense of calm.

The ancient art of Yoga breathing offers many different rhythms for each phase of the breathing cycle. At this stage, it is more than enough to enjoy the benefits of following the pattern that feels easiest for you. The key is to practise the art every day.

Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this most wonderful of gifts. – Amit Ray

It’s immensely helpful to start the day with deeper breathing and it’s equally helpful to make a little time to breathe more powerfully before going to bed. The more you can incorporate this fabulous new habit into your daily routine, the better. Your body will feel energised. You’ll notice that you feel calmer. Your thinking will become clearer. So many benefits from the simple act of introducing a few deeper, more powerful breaths into your daily schedule.

Our mission and our daily motivation at The Wellness Foundation is to help you achieve your goals, fulfil your dreams and help you realise your ambitions.

If you found this suggestion helpful and recognise the benefits of developing better, healthier breath control, take the opportunity to start this fabulous new habit today.

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