Posted by: thebellalife | July 31, 2009

Just Breath

      Yesterday I went to Yoga. Not just any Yoga- Bikrams Hot Room Yoga.  If you are a fan of Yoga and haven’t heard of Bikrams, GOOGLE. IT. NOW! I have become shall we say a “disciple” of Hot Room Yoga. When I started taking classes I couldn’t believe the changes in both my physical and mental health. Although I love Bikrams, I can’t go as much as I want to because it’s expensive. In order to make up for the inconsistency of classes there are a few elements that I try to incorporate into my life. The main element I try to do everyday is breathing exercises. I have had asthma since a young child and I have found that doing pranayama breathing has helped with the majority of my symptoms. It has also helped me with energy, digestion, and sleep.  Here are the benefits of deep breathing and the HOW TO: 

  1. Improvement in the quality of the blood due to its increased oxygenation in the lungs. This aids in the elimination of toxins from the system.
  2. Increase in the digestion and assimilation of food. The digestive organs such as the stomach receive more oxygen, and hence operate more efficiently. The digestion is further enhanced by the fact that the food is oxygenated more.
  3. Improvement in the health of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, nerve centers and nerves. This is due again to the increased oxygenation and hence nourishment of the nervous system. This improves the health of the whole body, since the nervous system communicates to all parts of the body.
  4. Rejuvenation of the glands, especially the pituitary and pineal glands. The brain has a special affinity for oxygen, requiring three times more oxygen than does the rest of the body. This has far-reaching effects on our well being.
  5. Rejuvenation of the skin. The skin becomes smoother and a reduction of facial wrinkles occurs.
  6. The movements of the diaphragm during the deep breathing exercise massage the abdominal organs – the stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm also massages the heart. This stimulates the blood circulation in these organs.
  7. The lungs become healthy and powerful, a good insurance against respiratory problems.
  8. Deep, slow, yoga breathing reduces the work load for the heart.  It also means reduced blood pressure and less heart disease.
    The yoga breathing exercises reduce the work load on the heart in two ways. Firstly, deep breathing leads to more efficient lungs, which means more oxygen is brought into contact with blood sent to the lungs by the heart. So, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to deliver oxygen to the tissues. Secondly, deep breathing leads to a greater pressure differential in the lungs, which leads to an increase in the circulation, thus resting the heart a little.
  9. Deep, slow breathing assists in weight control. If you are overweight, the extra oxygen burns up the excess fat more efficiently. If you are underweight, the extra oxygen feeds the starving tissues and glands. In other words, yoga tends to produce the ideal weight for you.
  10. Relaxation of the mind and body. Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing causes a reflex stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, which results in a reduction in the heart rate and relaxation of the muscles. These two factors cause a reflex relaxation of the mind, since the mind and body are very interdependent. In addition, oxygenation of the brain tends to normalize brain function, reducing excessive anxiety levels. (holisticonline.com)

This is how your body should look while doing the breathing exercise. (Fingers should be interlaced.)

Click Here To Watch a Video that demonstrates HOW to Breath

Click Here To Read An Awesome Article On This Breathing Technique

 

Start Breathing

xoxo Keighley

 

 

 

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