Many of us typically go through our day without a second thought regarding our breath. I would say that many people are also inefficient, shallow breathers. This means they take in short breaths that fill only the upper chest and release the air almost as soon as they have inhaled. The lungs and diaphragm are never stretched to capacity and the old air is not fully exhaled. If you obsess over things like I do, you'll start to notice that most people around you are NOT taking deep breaths.
I'd like to emphasize taking time to be conscious about your breath. When we bring awareness to our breath and control how we breathe: through mouth or nose, visualizing filling different parts of our bodies with air, exhaling tension or negative thoughts.... being present in your breath- You can actively participate in a beautiful and vital life process.
- I find that deep breathing is one of the easiest methods to bring a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.
- Plus it has a whole host of health benefits like:
- Relieves stress and tension held in body
- Oxygenates the brain thus bringing mental clarity
- Strengthens the immune system
- Aids in blood detoxification
- Massages internal organs
- Improves posture
- Maintains strength and elasticity in the lungs/heart
- Helps lower blood pressure
I encourage you to experiment with the various techniques out there, go to a breathwork or kundalini yoga class, heck maybe you can come up with your own method. The best part about deep breathing is that you can do it anywhere and anytime during your day. Simply exist and breath.