Breathing Technique -- Are You Doing OK?
Are you? Let us examine your breathing technique.
Most people assume that they breathe correctly. A simple test will reveal whether your assumption is correct. You can take this breathing test either sitting or standing, as per your preference.
Whenever you are ready, take a deep breath and then let it out. Yes, do it now! Inhale, hold the breath for a moment, and then e-x-h-a-l-e. Good, you're done! It is as simple as that.
Now, here is the all-important question: which enlarged more as you inhaled, your chest or your tummy? Picture what just happened. If you cannot, take another deep breath and exhale.
Now try again. Which enlarged more? If it was your chest, then you are like most people; and unfortunately, your breathing technique is flawed. If it was your tummy that enlarged, congratulations! You are breathing correctly and can skip this section. If not, let us have a chat.
Do not worry about not breathing right, because you are about to learn the correct technique. Consider yourself lucky!
Correct breathing techniques are the foundation of good health. Yet, only a small minority knows how to breathe properly. Only a few of us use the maximum amount of oxygen supplied by nature.
Oxygen is vital for good health. It could be the difference between life and death, between a dead brain and a functional one, between a healthy body and a sick one. Let me tell you about one study. Dr. Otto Warburg, a Nobel Prize winner and director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology, demonstrated that healthy cells could turn malignant if the amount of oxygen available to them were lowered.
Do you want to improve your overall health free of cost? Master the proper breathing technique. Learn how to breathe like a baby. Any body-cleansing program that does not discuss correct breathing techniques, cleanses only the surface. It does not bring about holistic healing from the inside out.
Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Program in Integrative Medicine and clinical professor at the University of Arizona, teaches breathing technique to patients. He said, "I have seen breath control alone achieve remarkable results: lowering blood pressure, improving long-standing patterns of poor digestion, decreasing anxiety and allowing people to get off anti-anxiety drugs, and improving sleep and energy cycles."
So take a deep breath, let your stomach expand as you inhale, hold for a few seconds, exhale and get ready to re-learn the correct breathing technique.
~ Ajeet Khurana