||Improved physical health, stamina and vitality|
||Better mind-body integration and sense of harmony|
||Increased sense of presence (being
in the now)|
||Improved 'Head and Heart' coherance|
||Improved emotional stability and wellbeing|
||Increased capacity to cope with everyday demands
||Heightened sense of inner peace|
||Increased ability to relax and better sleep |
Breathing is the source of all life, energy and chi in humans. Oxygen is absolutely essential for all life processes, including cell
metabolism, elimination of toxins and hindering growth of foreign organisms (parasites, pleomorphic organisms, viruses and bacteria).
Therefore, improving the oxygenation of the blood can help in many ways, not least in increasing general energy.
Let's say you're
breathing is completely normal. Your inhaling and exhaling the average 12 or so breaths we draw into and push out of our 50 to 80,000,000
alveoli (the tiny air sacks in our lungs that absorb the oxygen) each minute. Let's also assume that you're breathing is unobstructed
by problems such as allergies or asthma, and you don't smoke. In short, you're taking in all the oxygen you need to sustain life.
You feel fine, and as far as you know, you're breathing is fine. If someone asked you how you're breathing was you would likely tell
them that it was normal, and in fact it would be normal.
But normal breathing is just “good enough” breathing. It's neither the best
nor the healthiest way you can breathe.
While normal breathing is adequate for generating the baseline amount of energy needed to
maintain daily life, it isn't sufficient to generate the quantity and quality of vital energy needed to make dramatic improvements
What many people don’t realise is that there are different types of breathing:
Clavicular breathing: shallow breathing that
only uses the top third of lungs and no deeper;
Intercostal breathing: the most common form of breathing, also referred to as chest
breathing, using about two-thirds of lung capacity;
Diaphragmatic breathing: also known as abdominal breathing, is the fullest
form of breathing which uses maximum lung capacity and delivers significantly more health and energetic benefits.
Breathing is energising. When the air is clean, the lungs strong, and the body relaxed, the body can develop to it's peak potential,
acquiring a greater sense of power and balance, awareness and mental sharpness. Under these conditions, proper breathing bestows many
- stamina and energy
- confidence and a zest for life
- a centering of body, mind and spirit
- reduced stress and heightened
- improved skin tone
- quicker healing
- relief from many aches and pains.
Oxygen taken in by the lungs has been called the
life force by the Hindu (prana), the Chinese (qi or chi) and the Japanese (ki). In fact the words spirit and breath are the same or
have common roots in many languages.
When we breath in, we take in spirit (inspire).
Breath is the essence of being, the movement
of spirit in the body. How we breath both reflects the state of our emotions and mind, and influences the state of our emotions and
Breath is the basic key for developing life force.
'Power Breathing'... the First Key to Health and Energy
James Gordon, MD
Mind-Body Medicine Advocate
Why don't we breathe correctly?
Many people don’t automatically and unconsciously practice abdominal breathing the fullest from of breathing for the following reasons:
Conditioning: from an early age, many people adopt a posture that is not conducive to abdominal breathing
We hold negative emotions
and tension in the muscles of the chest and abdomen: tightness in the chest and musculature due to negative emotions, stress and tension
make it difficult to draw the diaphragm lower to take a deeper breath.
Lack of awareness: Many of us simply don’t know that we
can breathe more deeply and more effectively and that deep breathing is healthier,
Ancient Eastern and Western esoteric spiritual
traditions have long taught that abdominal breathing is the key to health and personal energy.
At beHEALTHi we teach a range
of ‘power breathing’ techniques based on both Eastern and Western traditions which are simple yet powerful. Some comprise different
breathing techniques; others combine breathing with dynamic tension, postures and movement; others involve both old and modern psychophysiologic
therapeutic methods. As these methods are easy and can readily be incorporated into everyday living they are offered to all clients
because of their associated benefits which include:
"...slow, deep breathing is probably the single best anti-stress medicine we have.....[It] gives people a sense of control over their body and their emotions and is extremely therapeutic."
"...breathing is the simplest, and most powerful technique for protecting your health."
Andrew Weil, MD
Alternative Medicine Pioneer