Wellness

Better Breathing For A Better Living

January 3, 2016

Breathing is the most subconscious yet the most important activity in one’s life. One can survive without food, fluids or sleep but hardly a few minutes without oxygen. Correct breathing provides a lightness to the body; acts as diseases destructor, brings vigour and power.It helps to ease stress, anxiety and tension. It also helps in contending blood pressure and heart diseases; makes digestion smooth.To sum it all, it brings about a holistic sense of well being.With the start of this new year lets initiate some simple techniques to our lifestyle for a better healthier living.

Here Are A Few Basic Yogic Breathing Exercises To Revitalise Oneself

1) Alternate Nostril breathing exercise

One breathes through the left nostril keeping the right one closed using your fingers, holds the breath for a few seconds and then breathes out through the right one keeping the left nostril closed. The same is followed in the reverse order from right to left. This cycle is repeated a number of times.

Benefits:

  1. Alternate nostril breathing helps increase the pulmonary capacity.
  2. It calms the nervous system while stimulating the digestive system and appetite.
  3. It is a very good exercise against insomnia and recurrent headaches.
  4. It helps purify blood and pumps the lungs with air.

2) Cleansing breath exercise

An excellent practice to prepare for meditation. This is also called a Kriya, or cleansing practice. The practice makes use of the abdominal muscles to exhale rapidly, while the inhale is completely passive. Placing one hand on your belly may help increase your awareness of this breath.Sitting in a comfortable position,Take a few conscious breaths, feel the natural movement of the abdomen. Exhale by sharply contracting abdominal muscles in.This action is similar to blowing one’s nose. The breath will move rapidly out your nose. Inhale by simply relaxing the abdomen completely.Keep shoulders relaxed and spine straight.Repeat 10 or more times.

Benefits:

  1. This technique helps cleanse the lungs, sinuses and the air passages
  2. It strengthens the nervous system and the diaphragm.
  3. It is very good against common cold, hay fever, asthma.
  4. It has a stimulating effect on the functions of the liver, spleen and pancreas hence improving metabolism.

3) Equal Breathing exercise

Balance can do a body good, beginning with the breath.To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four — all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath. Take a moment to feel empty. Then inhale again to another count of four. Continue this pattern. The exercise is to match the lengths of your inhales and exhales.More advanced would be to aim for six to eight counts per breath.

Benefits:

  1. Calms the nervous system
  2. Increases focus and reduces stress

Some Helpful Tips For Correct Breathing:

  • Always breathe through the nose as this helps filter the inhaled air, warms and moistens it before it reaches the lungs.
  • Be seated comfortably and sit straight as much as possible so that the spine is extended and straight and the chest cavity expands during inhalation and improves the vital capacity and gaseous exchange at the alveolar level.
  • Perform breathing exercises in places where there is enough fresh air and oxygen.
  • Ten minutes of deep breathing exercises every day helps regain lost energy and vitality.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Alana on January 4, 2016 says;

    Hi there.
    Thanks for sharing this. I know plenty of them are available in the internet, however your guide seems to be more easier and looks shorter too…

    I will do Anuloma-Viloma, as I’ve been doing this thing irregularly.. Somehow, your post makes me want to restart this once again from now. Maybe its about time for something fresh.

    I loved your other articles as well. Nice blog.

    Thanks
    Alana

  • Reply Brigitte on January 4, 2016 says;

    There are so many breathing exercises, and I personally feel that these are the best for a healthy and balanced living.

    You have selected that which is apt for common people. The important thing is to follow it religiously.
    If the routine is not followed, if we do not do this regularly, we are not taking any benefits out of it.

  • Reply Aria on January 4, 2016 says;

    Its always a delight to see your posts. You are just about everything!

    I love this post of yours too. It is different from the regulars that you have been posting. I say that you have a way to take your readers into the everyday life. Its beautiful.

  • Reply Lauren on January 4, 2016 says;

    I think that using the techniques from this post would be help to me in so many ways. I get so stressed out about the smallest things and using the meditation would be very helpful for me. I hope I will put my mind to start it.

  • Reply rain77 on January 4, 2016 says;

    Cleansing breath exercise (2nd one) should be avoided during menstruation

  • Reply Jenn M on January 4, 2016 says;

    Alternate nostril breathing is the best thing for anyone to begin with. Nothing like it!

  • Reply Eliska on January 4, 2016 says;

    Hey, i love different types of pranayama but haven’t been able to get into a habit of doing those every day or at least at the end of every yoga session 🙁
    I’ll have to do something about that! I like to cleanse with different herbal teas, warm lemon water in the morning. I have been reading your herbal tea post as well. I like your blog!

  • Reply Lydia on January 4, 2016 says;

    I also use these breathing techniques to help with anxiety! They really bring down the heart rate and calm the mind.

  • Reply fs on January 4, 2016 says;

    I found learning to breathe correctly a challenge initially, but now I can slow my heart rate and relax my body so effectively with my breathing.

  • Reply Juliana on January 4, 2016 says;

    I probably employ it at least a dozen times a day. At work, in traffic, trying to get my 2 year-old to eat their dinner, etc… These are great articles; concise and to the point. Keep ‘em coming!

  • Reply Rachel on January 4, 2016 says;

    P,

    This is another wonderful post of yours. Happy New Year!

  • Reply Sabína on January 4, 2016 says;

    It is a very valuable post! priceless techniques.

    I think we all must take pledge to inculcate all or any of these techniques outlined here into our daily routines so that we can be better individuals in our mind, body and soul and lead a healthier and happier life.

    I heartily thank you for sharing this post with us.

  • Reply Greg on January 4, 2016 says;

    this breathing technique is an immediate antidote for stress and can assist with sudden onset of panic, anxiety and stress.

  • Reply Chanaka C on January 4, 2016 says;

    The essence of Yoga itself lies in the way one breathes. Learn to breathe correctly and fully to achieve its healing, soothing and relaxing benefits. The art of breathing will lead to the correct art of living.

  • Reply Katherine on January 4, 2016 says;

    I’m definitely going to try this. If I really can regularise this, I’ll consider it a resounding success. 🙂

  • Reply MICHELLE on January 5, 2016 says;

    This is a beautiful post. Post well explained.

  • Reply Lisa on January 5, 2016 says;

    Great post ‘P’. Great info! I am still in the beginning phases but definitely improving.

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