Breathe

Breathe

Breathe

I was with two yoga aficionados this week while they discussed the importance of breathing. They had example after example of how our unawareness of our breathe’s value hampers our ability to function.

In normal sedentary life we use about one tenth of our total lung capacity. In stressful situations it’s worse. We tense our bodies and reduce our oxygen supply further causing all sorts of nasty situations such as fatigue, sleep disorders, anxiety, stomach upsets, heartburn, gas, muscle cramps, dizziness, visual problems, chest pain and heart palpitations.

Yoga breathing, Pranayama, is the science of increasing the capacity of the lungs and bringing more oxygen supply to the body. Pranayama develops concentration and focus enabling serenity, peace of mind, reducing toxins and aiding digestion. Pranayama goes hand in hand with the Asanas, body poses, with the goal of controlling Prana, our vital life energy to purify both the mind and body.

The Ancient Yogis developed techniques that begin with breathing through the nose and deep diaphragmatic belly breathing. Become aware of your breath. Practice bringing the breath through the nose and deep into the diaphragm and try a yoga class or two to learn directly from the experts.

Breathe

Breathe

Following the Breath By Thich Nhat Hanh
Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment!
Breathing in, I know I’m breathing in.
Breathing out, I know
as the in-breath grows deep,
the out-breath grows slow.
Breathing in makes me calm.
Breathing out brings me ease.
With the in-breath, I smile.
With the out breath, I release.
Breathing in, there is only the present moment.
Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.



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