Are you #breathing right?

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-7-36-30-pmFor all of us, breathing is just an automatic function that keeps us alive. Good breathing being a vital component of good health is sadly taken for granted by most of us. We take too shallow breaths, which increase our stress levels.

1) Pay attention to it

Notice how your breathing changes when you laugh, cry, have sex and exercise. Once you understand the way you breathe, you will be better equipped to modify it.

2) Breathe through your nose

Your nose refines the air going inside your body. If you breathe through your mouth, many viruses, bacteria enter your body along with the unfiltered air.

3) Use your diaphragm

Use your diaphragm to keep your breathing deep and nice. By using diaphragm, the pressure in the chest and belly is decreased so that the heart won’t have to work as hard.

4) Breathe rhythmically

Breathing rhythmically is as simple as taking long, deliberate inhales at designated times throughout the day. Count to three as you breathe in, and again when you exhale. Make each inhale and exhale the same length, without pausing.

5) Find a daily breathing routine

Deep breathing for 10 to 20 minutes a day, or even practicing for a minute every hour will have noticeable benefits. It will change your mental and emotional state.

HOW TO BREATHE RIGHT

Method 1: One way is to increase the inhalation time, followed by long and complete ‘Om’ chants, by which the exhalation automatically lengthens.

Method 2: Ujjayi breathing is known as ‘victorious breathing’. To practice Ujjayi, close your mouth and breathe through the nose. Next take a deep inhalation through the nose and exhale through the nose while tightening the muscles in the back of your throat with the Ujjayi sound. The sound in the throat should be like a hiss or the sound of the ocean when you are standing far off, and can only hear it.

Method 3: Alternate nostril breathing or what we simply call Pranayama, allows both sides of the brain to collaborate by using one nostril at a time. Other benefits of pranayama are it supports our lungs and respiratory functions, rejuvenates the nervous system, removes toxins and helps to settle stress.

Method 4: Blow out candles. This exercise targets your core muscles so that you can exhale more effectively. Exhale through your mouth as if you were blowing out a row of candles, letting the air hit the back of your teeth in order to make the exhale audible.

Method 5: Blow up balloons. When you practice blowing up a balloon, it encourages you to contract your diaphragm and core muscles.

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