Breathing; we all need to do it but do we breathe properly?
It has been claimed that proper breathing can improve your digestion, heart, lung, and organ function and may even reduce your blood pressure and anxiety.
Over the years, I have learned techniques for proper breathing and they do help me feel better. Does it improve all the functions stated above?
Breathing is important because it allows us to exchange oxygen which is transported through the blood to the rest of the body. Without oxygen, cells die and your body will malfunction. Heart problems can also develop as a result of poor oxygen perfusion as well.
During the time of Covid-19, doctors carefully check oxygen perfusion in the body to make sure a patient is not having a problem they are developing but may not fully realize until it is too late. While this is not a normal occurrence, the concept of proper breathing and oxygen transportation throughout the body is the same.
Yoga and other bodywork professionals teach breathing techniques that have been vetted over the years. Breathing is not only a good practice but an essential part of life and there appears to be growing evidence that proper breathing should be part of our regular hygiene.
Find out more by reading this fascinating article.
How To Take the Perfect Breath: Why Learning To Breathe Properly Could Change Your Life
It’s claimed that ‘breathwork’ can improve our sleep, digestion, immune and respiratory functions while reducing blood pressure and anxiety. In the midst of a pandemic, that sounds more appealing than ever.
By Emine Saner
Aimee Hartley, like most people, thought she knew how to breathe – she had, after all, been doing it all her life. She had also given it plenty of thought, having trained as a yoga teacher. But then she took a lesson with a breathing coach, who told her where she was going wrong. He pointed out she wasn’t taking the air into her lower lungs but was, she says, an “upper chest breather. He then taught me this conscious breathing and I felt my lower belly open, and I felt myself breathing a lot better after just one session. So I then became fascinated by how we breathe.”
Watching her students in her yoga class, and observing people in everyday life, she started noticing that almost nobody breathes that well, by which she means in a way that makes your belly expand and your upper chest and back lift slightly, in a fluid motion. The exception, she says, is “babies, until they’re about three”. Then we forget how to breathe.