Wednesday, August 26, 2009

proper breathing.

Do you ever notice after exercising and breathing properly that we feel more de-stressed, relaxed and re-energized? In our everyday lives we forget to breath, we spend half of the day holding our breath and then later feel tired and tense. It's very important we take the time to learn to breath deeply, slowly and correctly and in time it will be a natural way of breathing.

Proper breathing relaxes the nervous system and our entire body. It can also increases energy levels and helps turn off racing thoughts.

Here are a few steps on breathing properly:
  1. Make sure your nasal passages are clear. Breathing properly requires you to inhale through your nose, so blow your nose, if necessary.

  2. Relax your shoulders. Inhale through your nose at a natural volume, then inhale just a bit more.

  3. Now exhale through the mouth with the same approach. Push out just a bit more air than what feels natural. Exhaling more than you inhale actually allows your lungs to expel more carbon dioxide and strengthens your diaphragm.

  4. Repeat this technique for 1 minute. That will seem like a long time, but you will noticeably become more relaxed.

Optimizing your breathing = healthy mind, body & spirit.

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