Breathing is so vitally important to our lives, and yet most of us really don’t put much attention to it. Listen to this excerpt about breathing from my audio program. At the bottom of the article is a link to my 5 minute deep breathing exercise.
Breathing, something we really don’t even think about most of the time and yet it is absolutely critical to our lives. Can’t breathe, you die. There is more to breathing than just the automatic breathing that happens. We need to breathe deeply, breathe into our bellies. In today’s world, especially in United States, there is this almost an epidemic of shallow breathing. We don’t breathe deeply enough, we’re not getting the oxygen necessary to have energy and have real health. I wanted to do a quick talk about the importance of deep breathing and give you a breathing exercise that you can do a couple of times a day that will make a dramatic difference in your health.
Now, the first thing I wanted to touch on is the importance of breathing through your stomach. So many times when we’re taking a breath, is very shallow, it’s in our chest. We don’t let our stomach come out at all. You know, we got to have that flat stomach, but the reality is, is that, in order to have a truly deep breath, your stomach has to come out first, the diaphragm goes down. That’s how you can get that deep breath. You know, they teach it in singing, they teach it in yoga, all of these different things where you have to breathe through your stomach first and then through your lungs. That’s the first part.
Now, what are the benefits of doing this deep breathing that I’m talking about? Well, for one your respiratory system works better. When you use your lungs more fully you’ll find that they’re more efficient. I’ve even heard talk of can help with Asthma and Bronchitis. The other interesting thing is that when you breathe deeply especially breathing through your stomach, as I’m talking about, it can actually help your lymph system work, because the lymph system, that’s what takes away all of the sickness from your body, and there is no pump for the lymph system like there is for the blood with the heart. In order to have your immune system work well and your lymph system to work well, you need that deep breath that helps kind of massage all of the internal organs and your internal systems to help that lymph flow through your body.
Now, the other interesting thing is that deep breathing can help with your digestion. Breathing into your stomach, into your gut actually helps move your intestines and helps increase the flow to there so, if you ever suffering from constipation, it can actually help with that, as wild as that sounds. What else does deep breathing do? Well, obviously it’s increasing the oxygen in your blood, which is good for your heart, is good for your brain, good for your nervous system, everything is getting more oxygen, more energy and is able to take care of itself even better. The other part is that it helps with the nerves, because you’re calmer when you breathe deep and you’re getting all of the oxygen, stress naturally goes away, because part of stress is there is not enough oxygen, there is not enough energy there. You actually feel better mentally, physically, everything.
Now, if you do any meditation, which I highly recommend, deep breathing is an essential part of that and it helps, again, it’s clearing the mind, clearing the body. It just helps that whole process. What is this deep breathing exercise that I’m talking about? It’s actually very simple. You want to sit or get in a comfortable position and you want to breathe in for a count of five and then you want to hold it for a count of 10, and then breathe out to a count of 20. It sounds something like this, so breath in, one, two, three, four, five, hold. Two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, breath out. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. There you go, that’s the whole exercise.
Now, ideally you want to repeat this process 10 times, and at the end of that, I guarantee you that you will feel amazing. You’ll feel calmer, you’ll have more energy and this is especially good to do before you go to bed, that way you’re fully oxygenated and ready to sleep. Again, this process is huge for me, I use it every day, I try to do it in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. You know, three times a day is fantastic, and will really help prove your life and improve your body, mind and spirit.