Its a fact that people don't breath as nature intended. Research shows that up to a third of us do not breathe efficiently enough to safeguard our health and maximize our mental and physical potential. Watch the way a baby breathes and how its abdomen rises and falls with each breath. Now notice how you breathe in and out naturally and notice whether it's your chest that rises or your abdomen.
Most likely it's your chest that rises so effectively you're breathing "upside down". We become so accustomed to shallow breathing through our chest that we are totally unaware of how little oxygen we actually breath into our lungs which is vital for optimal health.
There are many, many benefits to breathing properly and here are just a few:-
How to practice breathing properly
You may feel a little dizzy at first. After all you're body isn't used to receiving so much oxygen! When you feel OK with the exercises in a lying position, you can move to a chair before moving onto a standing position
Initially, practice this breathing technique for 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times per day. You can gradually increase the length of time that you do this exercise and perhaps increased the effort required by placing a book on your stomach.
Here are some other breathing tips for different situations:
For meditation - There isn't enough room here to show you all the different types of breathing for meditation. This weblink may be useful to you.
Meditate on Breath
To relax –Useful when feeling anxious and best if practiced before putting into action:-
Only breathe through your nostrils. Try this out before going to sleep and notice any difference.
To feel rejuvinated Feeling tired in that meeting? Try breathing in and out of your nose as fast as you can but very shallowly for about 15–30 seconds using only the top of your lungs. This speeds up your central nervous system. Your heart rate should increase and a slight sweat should start to form as you feel the blood increasing its flow to your brain.
Run better Training for the Olympics or just enjoying a run to keep fit? Typically, good breathers use a pattern of 2–3 steps per inhale and 2–3 steps per exhale. This enables your body to get the needed oxygen to your brain and muscles as well as the carbon dioxide out of your system which will help you regulate your heart rate and perform better. This type of breathing not only helps you perform better physically but also helps the logical side of your brain to respond when faced with an emergency situation.
Swim better How you breathe in the water obviously is important. I was never able to get the breathing part right when swimming but I have improved by following some of the tips from www.swimsmooth.com
Here are some other expert sites for better breathing:-
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