Breathing is natural to all of us, but sometimes, we don’t pay much attention to it. It’s so natural that we don’t even notice how we inhale and exhale. But did you know that we can benefit from breathing if we do it correctly? You can manage your mind and free yourself from stress by controlling your breath. Here’s how.
How focusing on the Inhale | Exhale can change your life
With each breath, you bring positivity and fresh oxygen to power your brain and body. You breathe out toxins, carbon dioxide, and negativity with each exhale. Breathe creates space between you and your thoughts. Take a slow deep breath and see how your mind and body change.
Do you ever feel exhausted and fatigued?
No worries, we all go through such experiences in life when we feel dead inside and outside. Our energy levels are down to ZERO. However, inhaling and exhaling are the magic in such situations and instantly make you feel more alive. How is that possible? All you have to do is BREATHE deeply!
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Why do you need To Control Your Breathing?
Since we breathe all the time, we ironically forget how important it is and take it for granted. However, you must know that focused breathing can significantly relieve stress and promote relaxation.
A study published in the Behavior Research and Therapy Journal in 2010 shows that mindful breathing reduces recurring negative thoughts.
There is no denying that breathing right can improve how you feel, think, and act.
Try practicing just 25 minutes of yoga with focused breathing and see how it elevates your thinking ability and energy levels.
Deep breathing and relaxation activate the other part of your nervous system called the parasympathetic nervous system. It signals your brain to tell the anxious part that you’re safe and don’t need to use the fight, flight, or freeze response.
The cool thing is that the lungs and heart can feed back to the brain and convince the brain that things are calm and peaceful, even when stressful circumstances still exist.
With all this breathing talk, you must wonder, “What is so bad about not breathing mindfully?” Not paying attention to your breathing patterns means you take shallow breaths. It results in your body not inhaling enough oxygen to maintain proper function.
Remember, your brain cannot function normally without a good oxygen flow.
But the worst thing that improper breathing gives you is… STRESS, the silent killer.
A study shows that mindful breathing dampens the effect of noradrenaline, a.k.a. the “STRESS HORMONE.” The rush of noradrenaline creates many problems as it accelerates your heart rate.
However, deep breathing reduces the level of this hormone to the point that it is optimum for clear thinking and balanced emotions by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. The activation helps to reduce anxiety by lowering blood pressure and elevated heart rate.
Meditation and Yoga Benefits the Breath
While breathing right has many benefits, we can’t help but forget about it. We become lazy and let our bodies take shallow breaths involuntarily. Thankfully, yoga and meditation can help to break this cycle. That is because these practices are based on focused breathing techniques.
Yoga is especially beneficial for improving overall health and fitness. It puts pressure on the glandular systems of your body. Along with this, yoga acknowledges that breathing is the source of life in our bodies.
So, practicing yoga or meditation regularly will help MINDFUL BREATHING BECOME SECOND NATURE for you.
Inhale Exhale: Steps to Breathing Mindfully
To incorporate the habit of proper breathing in your life, follow this simple guide:
- The first step is to find a spot where you feel relaxed. You can either sit or lay down. You can also cross your legs and sit in a lotus pose while doing yoga.
- Gently close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Pay attention to every inhale and exhale. And you don’t have to control your breath. Just watch it and feel it.
- Become aware of your body. Notice how it feels to breathe in through your nose and out from the mouth.
- Let your mind wander. It is only natural for your brain to get flooded with thoughts while meditating. So, let it flow.
- While your brain is lost in thoughts, try to keep your concentration on your breathing. Try to be present and conscious of yourself and how you feel.
- Time your meditation and see what works for you. There is no right or wrong when it comes to focused breathing. So, do what you are most comfortable with.
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00:47 What is Inhale Exhale?
02:39 Optimizing your breathing with Meditation and Yoga
05:03 How does breathing helps your mind and body?
07:55 What happens to our body when we breathe?
10:48 The benefits of proper breathing to your mind and body
12:02 Meditation and yoga for men
14:21 How to start breathing properly
17:28 Body cleansing through breathing
19:24 Wrapping up the episode