Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Yoga Breath - Practice and benefits

Yoga Breathing
Slow deep breathing helps you relax - At the end of a yoga class the teacher will take the class through a short session of yoga nidra or rest and relaxation. The teacher talks the class through simple breathing techniques, focusing on the breath, slowing the breath down, noticing the breath and so on. Breathing deeply helps you relax. This is also why people are encouraged to breathe deeply when they are angry or upset. Taking deep breaths increases the oxygen flow to your brain which helps keep you calm.

Slow deep breathing may reduce your risk of high blood pressure - Some medical studies show a connection between high blood pressure and shallow, fast breathing. It makes sense then that the faster your breathing rate, the higher your likelihood of suffering from high blood pressure. Consistent practise of hatha yoga is a very healthy habit to develop. There is so much emphasis placed on the importance of breathing and breathing technique that breathing correctly becomes a habit. Simply by taking time each day to be more aware of your breath, trying to breathe slowly and deeply can truly help you lower your risk of high blood pressure.

Slow deep breathing can increase your energy level - If you have trouble staying awake after you eat whether it be, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Why not try slow deep breathing instead of turning to stimulants like caffeine. When we breathe deeply into the lower part of the belly (the area just below the belly button) we are inhaling into the bottom most part of the lungs. The highest concentration of avioli (air sacs) are located in this part of the lungs so when we inhale into this area of the lungs, the body has access to more oxygen and has more of it to send to the cells in our body. The extra oxygen that you get from those deep breaths can give you the boost you need to get through your day.

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