Breath is the Foundation of our physical, emotional and mental health.
Breathe correctly and we think more clearly, breathe correctly and we feel healthy and vital. Around 1/3 of all adults breathe incorrectly.
The most common error is to inhale into the chest while lifting up our diaphragm. Physiologically this is called paradoxical breathing because we try to expand our lungs as we reduce the chest cavity space by our diaphragm pushing up like an umbrella into our chest cavity. The result of this breathing is:
- When exercising you can become dizzy
- Out of breath and gasping for air from the mouth
- Lack of vitality
Paradoxical breathing is like trying to run a race on crutches, it gets tiring. All this incorrect breath sends the wrong codes to our brain therefore our nervous system, ability to cope with stress and hormonal system, emotional coping, get out of synchronisation.
Our breathing reflects and effects what we have learnt and our emotional experience. It is therefore vital to regularly take our breathing off automatic pilot and take conscious charge of it.
When we breathe unconsciously or on autonomic functions, our breathing is controlled by the subconscious mind — a portion of the mental body system you have very little access to. Autonomic functions also generate every emotion, feeling-signals that are sent to the brain to produce thoughts describing the nature of each moment and prescribing a response. This is why you often have no control of your emotions arising from the subconscious. The subconscious occupies seventy-five percent of the total mental body because there’s a tremendous amount going on in the physical and the resulting emotional worlds . . . most of which you are never aware of. But remember the one physical function you control is your breathing. Breath can become a gateway, a pathway into your subconscious mind . . . the area with so much control of your life. Throughout history it has been known to every master that working with the breathing and subconscious mind is a way of mastering life — control how you feel, and you can control how you react/respond to everything. Co-manage the breath and you co-manage the direction of the subconscious mind, the feelings, the emotions and resulting thoughts, the reactions, the expectations . . . the very road and direction of your life.
Let’s try a small experiment using our conscious control of breath.
- Close your eyes and now take a deep slow breath in through your nose. Now exhale through the nose rapidly. Do this 5 times, how do you feel? More energised?
Now reverse this, take a short, quick breath through your nose and then a long exhale through your nose. Once again do this 5 times. Do you feel more relaxed?
- Your homework is to sit and observe your breathing as often as you can; share the impulse ‘to breathe’ and watch how it releases the control of how you feel, think and act. Become the one who is co-managing your world and do this often — at least for some minutes every day . . . it will change your life for good.
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Mon 16 May 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 17 May 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
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