Breathe – Is the most important and most neglected thing that the body does. Most of us breathe with our upper chest. We are stressed out so much, with life, for so long, that we don’t breathe with our diaphragm.
We are born with the knowledge of how to breathe right. Even as small children we breathe correctly. Only as we age do we start to reprogram ourselves to breathe wrong. This can be undone.
The first thing that has to be done is close your mouth and breathe. The nose is designed for breathing, you have the hair, mucus and the little lymph things, that help keep us healthy. The hardest step in a thousand mile journey is the first. So you just have to start and see how the road unravels.
A Different Way to Breathe
We breathe every second of our life. We read that the way we breathe affect our blood pressure, energy levels, our sleep patterns, thought process, every aspect of our lives. There are countless breathing exercises. That tell us how to breathe while we do the exercise.
You just can’t breathe the complete breath all day long. A lot of the breathing exercises, before you get use to them, will make you light headed. So what are we suppose to do. We know that we don’t breath right.
I happened to run across Sage Patanjali‘s ‘Three Step Rhythmic Breathing’. This is a breathing pattern that helps us breathe in rhythm with nature. This is not a breathing exercise, it’s not an aid to correct your breathing. This is the natural way of breathing. If you have a newborn or small children, you can observe them and see the rhythmic breathing pattern that I am talking about. The three steps involved are the technique, the volume and the rhythm of breathing.
- Your chest and abdomen should rise and fall simultaneously.
- Your chest will require more air because of the rib cage.
- The abdomen should not be blown out, (like belly breathing,) during inhalation.
To figure out how to do this correctly, lie down with two books. Place one on the chest and one on the stomach. A mirror might help. Make sure that they rise and fall together.
- It is important that the breath flows freely and fully from the neck to the navel. This means the the middle and lower abdomen should be filled to normal capacity.
- The volume of breath should be the same as in normal breathing.
- To establish the rhythm, your breath will be deeper, once you are comfortable, with this, the volume of air will be come normal.
To keep to the pattern of rhythmic breathing, do not retain the breath between inhaling and exhaling.
- One complete breath takes five seconds or six pulse beats.
The duration of inhalation is longer than exhalation.
To master Three Step Rhythmic Breathing, you need to consciously work to complete 12 cycles per minute. Inhaling to the count of three and exhaling to the count of 2. To start with practice for a fixed duration. Increasing the time as you progress. Any time that you notice your breath, during the day, practice. It would be good to practice before you fall asleep, this will help make it habitual. You have spent a live time acquiring incorrect breathing habits, so it ain’t going to happen over night. Just keep on keeping on.
I just ran across this and it not hard to get the rhythm, it seems to increase my volume of air. But there are a few more that have interested me. So the increase in energy probably comes from a combination. I think intent and prayer has a lot of magic.
Belly breathing or abdominal breathing is also known as diaphragmatic breathing. The diaphragm, a large muscle, is located between the chest and belly. When it contracts it is forced downward. This causes the belly to expand, forces air and blood into the lungs, which improves stamina. The flow of lymph, which is rich with immune cells, is also improved. Most important it stimulates the relaxation response, resulting in less tension and an overall sense of well being.
Try to do this exercise twice a day, or to clear upsetting thoughts or when you’re in pain.
1. Place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest. When you inhale deeply through your nose, the hand on your belly should rise higher than the one on your chest. This will fill the base of the lungs.
2. Exhale though your mouth. Inhale slowly though the nose fill the lungs from the belly up. Hold for no longer than a seven count.
3. Exhale slowly, through your mouth to a eight count. Pulling the belly in (as much as you can without straining) completely emptying the lung. We deepen respiration by completely emptying the lungs not filling them.
4. The goal of this exercise is a six breaths per minute ( 10 seconds per). You have to do it inside your head. While you breathe see it, feel it, know it (magic).
5. When you have the technique down. On inhalation think relaxation, calm, anything that you want to draw into your world. When you let go, exhale, let it be what you want to get-shed-of stress, anger, pain, anything.
6. Exhale twice as long as you inhale.
The Stimulating Breath
Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.
Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.
This was wrote so eloquently that I didn’t change a word. Her site is in resource.
Pranayama – The Art of Yoga Breathing
When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika
This is a descent site to go read about ‘The Art of Yoga Breathing’. There is a whole lot written about it..
The In Between
All my life I have enjoyed the trip, the destination – point a and b — just isn’t as important to me, as the in between. The in between night and morning, that the time that I relish. Between sun rise and sunshine, in between day and night, hot and cold, asleep and awake there’s a lot of in between. The in between that’s where the magic is for me.
There is a meditations that you meditate on, the in between, the pause between inhale and exhale and between exhale and inhale.
Before meditating, or whenever you need a little stillness of your mind and body, do this: Sit down, After your next exhalation, simply retain your breath – just for a moment-
Don’t strain or go to the level of discomfort. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to do this practice gently.
Release and inhale. At the end of a natural inhalation, retain your breath, exhale and repeat. Do this a few times and notice the effect it has on your mind and inner feeling
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There is a lot of things that I don’t know about this website. So I must get back to trying to figure out how to do some of the things that needs doing. Maybe when I am ready the teacher will come.
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