Every notice when you’re stressed, and/or in a hurry, our ability to think clearly goes out the window? When we’re in this state, we have a tendency to move into rapid breathing, sometimes to the point of hyperventilation. The result is oxygen deprivation in the brain, inhibiting our creative thinking and memory recall. Shallow breathing can become commonplace, lowering our energy level, and our ability to problem solve.
Some feel the urge to smoke a cigarette, and when they do, what is the first thing they do when they light up? They take a deep, long, relaxing drag of nicotine into their lungs, and they immediately feel more relaxed. What they don’t realize is that they’d get the exact same immediate effect with doing the same thing with air, without the negative after effects.
In yoga, the term prana refers to our vital life force, and the formal practice of controlling the breath is called pranayama. Deep, rhythmic breathing is an essential means of oxygenating our blood, which our entire body needs.
There are numerous breathing techniques available, depending on what your goal is. Some give you energy, some calm you down, others aid in taking you into a meditative state.
The most basic technique for deep breathing is as follows:
- Stand or sit erect, with your spine straight, crown of the head lifted toward the ceiling, shoulders slightly back
- Breath in the throw the nose, extending the belly out to allow the diaphragm to drop, thereby creating room for the lungs to expand downward.
- Continue by pulling as much air into the chest as you can, allowing the shoulders to lift.
- Exhale completely, pushing out as much air as possible.
- Repeat the process slowly.
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