Breathing is probably the most familiar expression of the pulse of life.
For most of us, breathing is something that just happens in the background, with very little awareness on our part as it is innate and instinctual.
We don’t have to learn how to breathe. We come into the world already doing it.
But did you know that controlling the breath is one of the most effective ways of controlling how we feel?
When we practice conscious breathing, it becomes a powerful source of healing, with many positive effects on our body and on our energy levels.
The rhythm and the depth of your breath directly affects the state of your mind and the health of your body.
Here some benefits of practicing the conscious breathing:
1. Increase your good energy levels and feel fully alive.
The better (fuller) you breathe, the more energy you will have. Taking deeper breaths will bring in more oxygen in to the body and improve your energy levels. …readmorehere
2. Less Stress and Better Digestion.
Slow deep breaths help to activate parasympathetic nervous system, which means the body gets the chance to recuperate, regenerate, and heal. Those of you suffering from poor digestion, bloating, or constipation will benefit from learning how to put your body into “rest and heal” state and activate parasympathetic nervous system.
3. More Awareness.
The more awareness you have in the present moment, the more likely you are to connect with your intuition or internal teacher. Your body knows how and what to feed itself to be healthy, how much and how often to move, and how much to rest. It is a matter of learning to listen to that voice and understand it. The slower you breathe, the more likely you are to hear that internal teacher.
4. Better Relationships.
Most relationships would be better if people were less reactive. The state of your mind affects the breath, the reverse is true as well. When you are angry, the breath is fast and shortened. When you are relaxed, your breath is slow and complete (hopefully!). The next time you are arguing with someone try taking longer deeper breaths.
Perhaps the best thing about breathing: you can do it anywhere and anytime and it does not cost anything! Even 5 minutes of slow deep conscious breathing once or twice a day can make a huge difference.
So, happy and conscious breathing to you!