Knowing how to breathe also help us to control our emotions (anger included) and fears and keep a clear and sharp mind.
If our breathing is deep, slow and regular then our mind will reach a state of tranquillity and calm.
When we are upset or stressed our breathing becomes quick and shallow. Breathing deeply and slowly instantly calms us down mentally as well as physically.
Concentrating on our breathing, also helps us to live the present and feel alive.
Very often our mind is thinking about something while our body is doing something else, as a result, our mind and our body are not unified.
With breathing exercises, inhaling and exhaling, we bring our mind and body to work together because both are focused on the same thing and we can feel alive because we are living in the present.
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.
Respiratory difficulties such as asthma, bronchitis and even chest pain can subside.
What I have learned through my health-coaching is that constipation is very common and is often due to shallow breathing. When people learn to breathe into their lower abdomen they begin to have regular bowel movements right away.
Breathing into the gut massages the internal organs to function well. It calms the emotions which directly affects the digestion system. There are other ways to improve digestion but this is an easy one.
Increases circulation of lymphatic fluid which speeds recovery after illnesses.
Increases oxygen to the heart.
Blood circulates, relieving congestion throughout the body.
There is a flow of oxygen to the brain and eyes.
Helps tissues to regenerate and heal.
Creates more energy for the body to heal and detoxify.
Anxiety can be reversed by deep-breathing habits.
You may start to see balance in the two sides of the brain.
When you breathe easier you move easier.
Reduces muscular tension.
Increases flexibility and strength of joints.
Excess fluids are eliminated through the breath.
Stress on organs is lessened, allowing the body to naturally cleanse.
Mental observation and concentration is improved.
Greater productivity and learning.
Better decision making.
Wrinkles are less from improved circulation.
Breathing helps create beautiful skin at any age.
Breathing deeply relaxes the body, reducing feelings of stress.
Releases endorphins, natural painkillers that create a natural highs and easy sleep.
Creates more awareness and self-love leading to a healthier life.
Self-love can help to have greater compassion for others.
Sexual enjoyment is increased by being more present with your partner and breathing well increases intensity of an orgasm. It really is a natural aphrodisiac.
Intuition increases when you’re relaxed.
Re-learning to breathe the way nature intended from the beginning is a significant portion of anyone’s overall holistic wellness program.