Breathing is intimately linked with the brain’s performance, promoting vitality, perception, sharp intellect and heightened intuition.
It is extremely interesting how modern working environments interact and in some cases restrict or inhibit, some of our most fundamental biological functions. Breathing is surely one of them. Breathing is a naturally revitalizing process that primarily involves the conscious or unconscious movement of the diaphragm. Postural conditioning, extensive workload and stress, muscular tensions in the thoracic/abdominal area, suppressed negative thoughts and emotions and most importantly a lack of awareness, are major contributing factors to the inhibition of energy flow, as a result of unnatural breathing style. The last is unfortunately observed to be taking place in today’s corporate world and everyday corporate lifestyle habits.
The importance of the diaphragm.
The diaphragm is a disk shaped layer of muscle that bisects our chest cavity laterally. The diaphragm acts as a divider between our cardiopulmonary system and our digestive system: it is the floor for our heart and lungs and the roof for our stomach, intestines, spleen, liver, pancreas and kidneys. Due to the narrowness of the thoracic and abdominal cavities, all the internal organs are packed tightly. When the diaphragm moves, it also moves the internal organs, stimulating their functions and providing them with a healing internal massage. In addition to that, diaphragmatic movement stimulates the flow of blood and lymph into, through and out of these organs.
Correlation of breathing to natural immunity and greater vitality.
Lymph, a straw-colored fluid component of the blood that represents a critical part of our immune system. It contains white cells but typically no red cells. As blood circulates throughout the body, lymph separates from the blood, seeping out through blood vessels to bathe the body’s tissues, where it picks up bacteria, waste products, toxins, even random cancerous cells. It then brings this cellular debris back to the lymph nodes, to break down this waste material and dispose of it. However the lymphatic system, unlike the circulatory system, has no pump. Blood is forced through the body by the heart, but lymph on the contrary must rely solely to muscular movement to facilitate its circulation. The arms and legs have many large muscles to move lymph. But throughout the chest, abdomen and pelvis, the only musculature available to help move the lymph fluid is the diaphragm. On those grounds it is vital to understand the tremendous healing benefits that derive from breathing.
Physiological, mental and energy benefits of Breathing.
The respiratory system which is the seat of breathing, forms the gateway of purifying the body, mind and emotions, sustaining vitality and life force energy. Breathing influences the everyday activities of every cell in the body and is intimately linked with the brain’s performance, promoting vitality, perception, sharp intellect and heightened intuition. Regular practice of breathing techniques helps to maintain a dynamic flow of blood which tones the nerves, brain, spinal cord and cardiac muscle, maintaining their efficiency. Amongst the many physiological & energetic benefits of breathing we can include:
- An improved functioning of our waste removal system, as well as the cardiovascular system.
- A stronger, suppler diaphragm and abdominal core and an indirect purification of negative emotions, traumas and limiting beliefs.
- An increased capacity for generating high quality pranas.
- The ability to boost our overall energy level.
We can utilize specific breathing practices in our daily life that will help us improve our body-mind connection, deepen our Self-awareness and improve our overall health condition. In order to accomplish that, it is of vital importance to:
- Include daily exercises ensuring an adequate stretching & loosing the diaphragm.
- Pay attention to keeping a specific rhythm & retention ration.
- Practice Balancing Breathing Techniques, to establish inner peace & harmony.
- Practice Energizing Breathing Techniques, to boost our strength and vitality.
Suggested daily breathing practice: Balancing Breathing Technique (6:3)
- Wear loose fitting clothing, or loosen up any tightness particularly around the waist.
- Close your eyes, keeping your back straight and relax your body.
- Place your tongue on the upper palate to connect the front and back energy channels.
- Breathe in slowly and silently for 6 counts through the nose.
- Using your hand, softly restrict the inhalation in the abdominal area, making sure there is no movement in the chest area.
- Your abdomen should push out in the front and a little on the sides, as you breathe in.
- Retain the breath for 3 counts.
- Slowly begin a controlled exhalation for 6 counts.
- Retain the breath for 3 counts.
- Repeat for 3-10 cycles and relax.
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