It is something I practice consciously and subconsciously every day and something I keep on addressing in every Yoga class – correct breathing. Deep conscious but relaxed breathing does have such an impact on our wellbeing, so for me it became a vital thing to try to pass on to others.
We often tend to breathe very shallow throughout the day, the breath often stops around the lung area and/or we tug our belly in while inhaling instead of expending the belly to let the air flow deep. Have a go and check out your breathing right now!
Is it stuck around the lung area or do you have to push it all the way down into your abdomen area with force?
Or are you able to let you abdomen expand like a balloon while you inhale and to tug your bellybutton towards the spine while you exhale – nice and relaxed?
And even if you are not into Yoga and such; you should become aware of your breathing pattern!
My Yoga teacher once told me that Yogis believe that humans and animals have a certain number of breathes in life. So the slower, deeper and consciously we breathe the longer we might live. Whether you agree to this thought or not, deep, conscious and relaxed breathing does have its benefits.
- Deep breathing helps to clean the ‘old air’ (carbon dioxide) out of our system to make space for more fresh oxygen.
- Deep breathing helps to relax and calm down the mind.
- Deep breathing helps to relax and calm down the body and its functions, the pulse and heart rate.
- Deep breathing helps to focus and concentrate.
- Deep breathing helps to increase our energy.
Of course we can’t breathe deep all day long but being aware of our breath and really concentrating on it now and then throughout the day does have huge positive impact on our wellbeing!
Ideally the exhalation should be double the time than the inhalation, so try to count to 3 or 4 when you inhale and slowly exhale to the count of 6 respectively 8.
So, use the time when you sit down with a cup of tea, a glass of wine or any free moment to really BREATHE. Feel the body and mind relax. Even if just for a minute or two! It is as well a great way to calm down before falling asleep!
Remember – good, conscious breathing will have a positive impact on our physical, emotional and mental state! Now go and breathe! 😉