The Breath Yoga Technique
You may need to completely re-learn how you breathe. If you follow a baby’s breathing pattern, you will notice a major difference – they do not breathe with their chest (shallow breathing) but breathe from their diaphragm (belly) as well as from the back and sides. This is perfect, unlearned natural breathing. Learn to breathe like this and you can master your body, instead of having it master you (disease and illness.) And you can use it to stop an emotional outburst before it even happens!
Mastering how you breathe can be one of the most important practices you learn in your life. What can learning how to breathe purposefully do for me? There are many benefits that people have experienced in their lives when they started doing Breath Yoga.
Breath Yoga Benefits:
- Increase Circulation
- Oxygenate all Body Tissues, Organs and Brain
- Influence Hormone Production
- Provide Clarity and Focus
- Spiritual Inspiration (Inspire = Spirit Within)
- Increase Intelligence
- Promote Growth & Recovery
- Decrease Stress
- Prevent Muscle Wasting
- Enhance Energy Levels
- Prevent Energy Loss
- Alleviate Pain
- Calm Nervous System
- Massage Heart & Internal Organs
- Keep Spinal Column Flexible and Pain-Free
- Improves Vocal Tone, Speaking & Singing Voice
- Improves Blood Pressure, Reparation & Pulse Rate
- Control Your Emotions – Stop Outbursts
Stress is the predominant cause in most illness and dis-ease and can be successfully controlled by purposeful breathing. Start by either standing up, sitting up in a chair or lying down on your back with legs straight or bent at the knees. Put on hand on your sternum (breastbone) and the other on your abdomen, right over your belly button. Now relax for a minute, then start becoming aware of the air coming into your nose, and follow its path down into your abdomen. You want to feel your abdomen extend and your chest to remain still. Practice this using an even inhalation and exhalation (5-15 seconds inhale, and 5-15 seconds exhale). Do not overextend your abdomen to start, this should not be painful, and you can work up to the optimum level a day at a time. Practice this for about 5-10 minutes daily, and eventually you develop it into your new life and energy enhancing method of breathing.
Next, Put your hands on your side, and practice having your sides (right above your hips) expand slightly when you breathe. Practice this for a few minutes. Then put your hands on your lower back. You will want to feel the area over your kidneys expand slightly as well. Now move up to your upper back and feel it expanding. Now move up to just under the collar bone and feel it slightly expanding. After you have mastered them individually, try to include them at the same time. When you have mastered full-lung breathing, you have just increased your life span as well as developed a significant advantage in life over shallow breathers. You can find some good priced accessories at Yoga Equipment.
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Yoga for Stress Relief
When you feel a panic attack or stressful situation coming on, just take a “pause” and take a couple of s-l-o-w deep breaths and you can stop the adrenaline and automatic angry response before it happens. Practice this breath treatment regularly and you can become a master at it. You will become more peaceful, healthy and centered in your life. You can take the Yoga for Stress Relief and Weight Loss Course to learn how to do it instantly!
I highly recommend getting the book and video by Bruce Frantzis on Longevity Breathing, as this will demonstrate the movements, as well as explain the science behind purposeful breathing. He clearly demonstrates on an anatomical mannequin which shows the actual effect of the longevity breathing method. I personally found this extremely useful, as I didn’t have to guess exactly how to perform it correctly. Highly recommended book and video!
Bruce also holds multiple black belts in various martial arts, as well as being a master in Chinese Qi Gong. You can get his book and DVD at Longevity Breathing: Whole Body Breathing for Lifelong Vitality