Breathing is more than just survival. It is a profound connection to nature, to yourself, to life. When you use one or several breathing techniques you become more consciously aware and your body becomes more empowered, your mind is more focused, and your spirit elevates to great feelings of wellness.
Endless! Let’s take a look at some of them:
- More motivation
- Increased focus
- Less anxiety
- Reduction of physical pain
- Stronger immune system
- Better self-image
- Improved circulation
- Increased creativity
- Less muscle tension
- Improved communication
- More flexibility
- Increased self-confidence
- Better relationships
- Emotional healing
- More energy (including sexual energy)
- Reduced stress
- Feelings of being centered, connected, grounded
- And the list goes on and on and on…
However, not every person can do all breathing techniques. People with certain health conditions must ask their doctors or health providers if they can follow these practices. If you are pregnant, it is advisable your doctor gives you a green light before you start with any breathing technique.
In general, your body is your best guide. Listen to it. As with any exercise program, you start slow and your body will tell you when is the right moment to practice more advanced techniques.
First of all, it is important your body is relaxed and in a comfortable position. If a posture does not feel well to you, make the adjustments you need until all tension is gone.
The most popular positions are:
Cross-legged: Make sure there is no pressure on any part of your body.
Sitting: Your back is straight and your feet on the ground.
Standing: If you feel dizzy when you are starting, it is better to continue in a sitting position.
Walking: This one keeps the synchronicity between your breaths and your steps.
As with any exercise program, to receive all the benefits and more from your breathing practice, it is important to be consistent and practice them regularly. You can start with few minutes per day and increase the amount of time as you feel more comfortable every day. Again, your body is your guide. Listen to it. Embrace the sensations, the connection with yourself. Focus. Allow yourself to FEEL.
If the recommended pace in the breathing techniques presented here is too fast or too slow, go with what your body tells you is okay with you. It must feel comfortable, natural, not forced in any way.
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