Without breath, there is no life. You breathe, it nourishes you. You breathe; it regulates your heartbeat, feeds your brain, and makes your blood red. Deeper still, you breathe and your entire energy field comes alive. The Breathing Exercise at the bottom will help you change your breath pattern.
When we inhale, we draw nourishment deep into the cells of our bodies. Breathing out, we expel stale and toxic waste. Through the breath, we continually revitilise ourselves. Its effect is to bring relaxation and deep nourishment into areas of the body previously starved.
The more you are breathing, the more you are thriving
· We take on average 20,000 breaths a day
· 12-19 breaths per minute
· Toxins 10% through urine and bowels
· 20% through skin
· We release 70% of toxins through the breath,
· The Mitochondria are the powerhouse in the cells and it uses oxygen from the breath to burn glucose and fat to produce energy.
The breath is so powerful – air affects nerve, muscle and the brain
Breath brings oxygen into the cells. It can also bring awareness to any part of the body. When you learn how to breathe properly, you feel centred and relaxed. It also puts you in touch with deeper feelings and helps you to achieve a relaxed, quiet centre. This is especially beneficial when you begin to feel overwhelmed by emotions or are preoccupied with certain thoughts. Sometimes, all that is required is asking yourself ‘Am I breathing?’
Most people tend to fill only the upper chest when they breathe and miss out on the increased oxygen, which relieves tension and improves mental alertness. We often think that breathing comes from the front of the body but the lungs are bigger at the back. Blood flow near the collarbones is small and it’s much more extensive near the bottom of the ribcage. Most of the blood circulation is in the bottom third of your lungs.
Imagine the upper body contains three balloons. One fills the lower belly, the second fills the solar plexus and the third fills the chest all the way up to the shoulders.
Breathing in, first, fill the lower, then the middle and finally the upper balloon. Breathing out, first empty the upper section, then the middle and finally the lower. Be sure to expand the body to the front, the back and the sides as you breathe. Stay as relaxed as you can and really ‘be present with the breath’.
Placing the hands over the lower belly as you breathe will draw the breath deeply downwards and can encourage enhanced use of the diaphragm.