Deep Breathing Exercises To Transform Your Life

| May 6, 2009 | 8 Comments

diver1 Air:  The First Food!

The beginning of your life is probably measured  from that moment when you took your first breath. From that point on,  you ‘know how to breathe’ so you completely forget about it except in those rare instances when you can’t ! Suddenly more air can become very important –  for example,  when you are under water. 

The truth is air is always important.  Most of us take on habits of not breathing properly and suffer because of this. It is therefore useful to learn how to breathe properly or to breathe deeply. The health benefits of proper deep breathing are numerous.

 5 Benefits:

  1. Reduce stress.
  2. Help to clear and focus your mind
  3. Increase your energy level
  4. Releases endorphines into the system. These are natural painkillers that create a natural highs and easy sleep.
  5. Relaxes muscles a major cause of neck, back and stomach pains

These are just the physical benefits that are easily measurable.  There are a lot more. By practicing a breathing exercise just a few minutes a day, the benefits continue into the rest of your day, and with continued practice, we create the habit of always breathing properly and therefore multiply the benefits many times. 

Three Simple Breathing exercises: (check with your doctor is you have a respiratory illness)

1.  The simplest breathing exercise is simply to put your attention on your breathing as you are inhaling and exhaling normally.
 
Several things usually happen quite naturally. First, your breathing will slow down and lengthen.  If you try this even for one minute you will notice the difference.  Try it right now.  I dare you! 
Secondly you will start noticing the transitions between inhaling and exhaling.  Many people experience deep silence, depth, and expansion during those transitions.
 
2.  The next simplest exercise .... is to hold your breath just for a short comfortable time after each inhale. 
 
When you first start, this holding will be just a second or two.  Later you will enjoy this so much you will hold it comfortably longer.
Yogic and Chi Gong experts explain that this slowing of your breathing allows your body  to ‘digest’ the energy in the air more completely,  This extra energy or ‘prana’  activates your pituitary gland.  The pituitary is a master gland which activates all the other  glands and thus rejuvenates your  whole body.
 
Consider the tortoise, which takes deep slow breaths.  Tortoises are one of the longest living animals on earth – some of them over 200 years old. 
 
3. Still another easy exercise is  to breath with your BELLY
 
If you watch a baby breathing as it is laying down this is how they naturally breathe and it will be more obvious to you if you lie down also. You can introduce this after you become comfortable with conscious breathing in No. 1.
 
Instead of using the muscles of your lungs to expand the top part of your lungs (on the inhale) you use your diaphragm muscles and your belly expands. This gets air deeper into your lungs and is very relaxing. With a little practice you will breathe more and more with your belly until you do it all the time without thinking.

You can employ these techniques for a few minutes every day for increasing benefits. You can also use them in an ‘emergency’ such as when you are stressed, anxious or can’t sleep.  You can even consciously implement them as ‘micro techniques’ for just a second or two when you are walking, working and going about your day.  Every bit helps. The body will remember when it is more relaxed and try to go in that direction more and more – IF you give it the chance. That’s what regeneration is all about – giving the body the proper environment to renew and balance and do what it wants to do.

More on this topic:

13 Benefits of Breathing Deeply and Diana’s Personal Story.

Read Diana’s Breathing Technique which she used to improve her digestion, stop the pain and change her life.

Tips For Improving Air Quality:  It’s a little self defeating if you are breathing better but your air quality is poor!

About Randy Fritz

A certified Nutritional Consultant, Randy has been teaching health and personal development principles for over 30 years and has personally helped individuals with over 10,000 Body Health Assessments.

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  1. Diana says:

    Great article Randy……yes we must breath in order to live; it is the most essential element to life in our body.

  2. Alpha Harper says:

    thank you for the breathing tips I am practicing already.

  3. Sue Klinefelter says:

    Your article on breating is very comforting to read.It validates what I am doing now. I especially like the deep breathing emphasis. When I played my flute as a teenager I remember my music teacher saying, “imagine you are breathing from your stomach. You have a large grapefruit there when you breathe in, and then breathe out to play the flute”. This gets rid of the shallow breathing. When deep breathing is necessary for playing a wind instrument correctly. I practice deep breathing when I initially sit down to relax through meditation. Deep breathing has saved me from making rash judgements when teaching. It fits throughout my day. NO PANIC ATTACKS now!!. Sue

  4. John Prokopchuk says:

    Thank you for the Breathing tips.

    We have a several Eli Bay breathing cassettes which we occassinally use to help us with deep breathing as there were times we didn’t practice deep breathing reguarlly.

    After My T.I.A in 2005 the Psychologist streesed deep breathig to control blood pressure and relaxation,this has helped me pay attention to a healtier life

  5. Philip says:

    I have been practicing Conscious Breathing for 20 years now. Looking back, Conscious Breathing has helped me in making right decisions in life. It brings one to the awareness of unlimited power within, the source of power behind ever breath.

    It is easy to do. Just watch the inhale motion of your breathing. Pause and say “I am breathing”. Then watch the exhale motion. Pause and say “I am breathing”. Repeat as often as you can.

    The is done at bedtime about 5 minutes before sleeping and the first thing to do before leaving your bed in the morning.

    Every part of your body is wired to your brain. Conscious breathing help repairs problems in this wirings.

  6. Liza Bolio says:

    Hello, I just searched this site on Google and wanted to take my time to thank you for adding this to the website. It is very informational on curing panic attacks and it has helped me understand more about them. I will be sure to see what else you have to offer. Thank you once again!

  7. Eva Ferianec says:

    Thank you for sharing this article. I just want to share, recently I started to swim and I realized that most of the time I am not breathing or my breathing is very shallow.  As I was walking from the swimming pool to my car,  I realized that the air was so delicious I felt like I never breathed before.
    I am now swimming almost every day and I feel wonderful enjoying goodness of the fresh air.

  8. Randy says:

    Good for you Eva on the swimming. Thanks for the comment. ONE of the values of any exercise it that it forces us to breath MORE and we get in that habit when we are not exercising.

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