There is a healthy way to breath and firstly we should always breathe through the nose. The nose is remarkable structure and should be the first ‘port of call' for the air we breathe. The nasal passageways are covered in tiny hairs orcilia (Latin for 'eyelashes') and these act as a vital filtering system,clearing dust particles and irritants from the air. As the air passes through this set of ‘nasal eyelashes', the air is warmed and humidified, making it easier for the lungs to breathe. For the health of our lungs, during everyday activities, we should ALWAYS breathe through the nose.
The respiratory diaphragm should always be activated so we are using it to ouroptimum. Many of us our upper chest breathers whereby we over use the intercostal muscles, neck muscles and clench the jaw (causing micro breath holds) and it’s wise to retrain the body to breathe fully with the diaphragm.
Subconsciously, we all know how to breathe well, we just need to spend a little more time developing a practice to remind ourselves how. This is what it should feel like:
100 percent. If we start to believe and trust just how powerful a breath practice can be, we can use particular techniques in all sorts of stressful scenarios. Breath coaches are not immune to life’s stresses and anxieties.
Just the other day I was driving along a really busy motorway to visit a good friend who was having a catastrophic week. The weather was treacherous and I could feel my anxiety rising with the physical situation of being surrounded by speeding lorries,along with worrying about my friend’s situation. My mind was racing and my body full of adrenaline.
I then practiced slowing my breath rate down and using other techniques using breath and sound and within 5 minutes I had calmed myself down and felt my entire body relax.
My external situation was still the same but I had changed my physiology simply by bringing my awareness to my breath and tweaking it. And arrived safely and present!
Thanks Aimee for your insight and the story above..we can all relate to that. Have a try with our breathing patterns and see the difference it can make: Click here to find out more
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