Properbreathing is essential to good health as it enables the movement of blood throughout the body and accordingly, keeps us alive. It is the only means to supply our bodies and its various organs with the supply of oxygen, which is vital for our survival, and remove waste substances and toxins from the body. Breathing is a continual process that continues on even when we are asleep.
Our skin will suffer if we do not receive proper oxygenated blood running through our body; even the muscles will tire entirely in such a situation. To breathe properly, we use our diaphragm – the large sheet-like muscle that lies at the bottom of the chest cavity. One in-breath and one out-breath make one cycle.
Slow, rhythmic breathing helps in regulating the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, slowing, which further slows the heart rate, eases anxiety and ensures that blood circulates the optimum amount of nutrients through the body. Oxygen being the most powerful stimulant is the most important chemical in the body.
With the advent of meditation and particularly breathing exercises, it is becoming common knowledge that our breathing pattern has a profound influence on how we feel.
Incorrect breathing can lead to a variety of diseases, and that is why the importance of how we breathe must be taken seriously, especially if we desire sound health and a balanced and happy emotional life.
Breathing detoxifies our bodies because when we exhale, we release carbon dioxide from our bloodstream. It relaxes the mind because it brings clarity of insight to us and hence, clearing uneasy feelings present in our body.
During deep breathing, the movement of the diaphragm massages the stomach, intestine and liver, the upper movement of which massages the heart. Immune system strengthens because of the supply of oxygen through our bloodstream.
There is no better way to sense our interconnectedness than to begin a breathing practice.
Anyone who has done any kind of meditation or breathing exercises would know how peaceful and blissful deep rhythmic breathing could be. It is relaxing and highly soothing, the simple bliss we all desire.
While most of us never focus on our breathing pattern, but the way we draw our breath can affect our physical and mental wellbeing. After all, poor breathing can lead to panic attacks and even conditions like insomnia and depression.