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Breathing /Life Force

You can have all colors of bulbs and miles of wire, but until you have electricity, your tree won’t light up. Similarly you can have a body, mind and soul but until you have energy, a life force, you are not alive. Pranayama (proper breathing) connects the body with its battery, the solar plexus, where enormous reserves of energy can be stored & retrieved. This vital energy flows through your body and gives you life. It is present everywhere around us, and is manifest in human beings in the breath. Yogic breathing regulates the flow of this vital energy. It cleanses you thoroughly and harmonizes the mind and the body. It relaxes and rejuvenates.

Importance of Healthy Breathing:

Our breathing is too shallow and too quick. We are not taking in sufficient oxygen and we are not eliminating sufficient carbon dioxide. As a result, our bodies are oxygen starved and toxic build up occurs. Animals which breathe slowly live the longest; elephant is a good example. If we learn to breathe slowly we not only relax and calm the mind but can also extend the life span.

Know your Breathing Power

In 1 minute while walking we breathe 12 breaths to 18 breaths Averages 15 breaths
While sitting (battak) 12 times,While walking (chale) 18 times,While running (dour mai) 20 times, While lust and anger (Kama, krodh) 72 times. While doing Omkar or Brahmari Pranayama we breathe only 3to 4 times in 1 minute. It means we are saving 11 breaths.
“A study conducted in early India showed that a tortoise breathes three times in one minute and lives for 300 years. An elephant takes five breathes in one minutes and lives for 120 years. A dog breathes 42 times while a human being breathes 15 times in a minute. Both lives for 14 to 65 years respectively. Kapalbhati Pranayama teaches one to control one’s breathing and prolong life.”

Respiration & Circulation

By inhaling, oxygen absorbed in to blood stream. Oxygen rich blood returns to heart and pump to all parts of the body metabolism
Breathing techniques ensure maximum oxygen; thus more vitality to our organs
Brain cells require much more oxygen rich blood relatively. This is easy if more oxygen is available.
Common to hear “Take deep breath” when you are stressed.
Net result all above is correct mental balance, concentration, clarity of thought & a stress free brain.

Breathe rightly to relax quickly

Spending long hours sitting at the desk and typing up reports, features, stories? You may not be aware of it, but you are accumulating stress in your neck, upper back and upper arms. Short breaks - even for a couple of minutes every half an hour or so, will make you feel much better and allow you to carry on longer.
Well, follow this simple yoga technique to relax stress instantly. You can do it anywhere without any equipment and it only takes five minutes to learn.

Body Posture

Just sit with your back straight.
Try to loosen the clothing that feels tight around your waist.

Method:

  • Concentrate on your breathing.
  • Slowly inhale through the nose.
  • Exhale completely and very slowly through your mouth.
  • Place your left palm on your belly.
  • Observe that your hand is moving forward while breathing in and going inward while breathing out.
  • Breathe out twice the duration of breathing in.
  • Inhale and count 4 mentally.
  • Count 8 while breathing out. Next time, you do, increase the duration in the same ratio.
  • Do it at for least five minutes.
  • As you practice, you will find it more and more effective in keeping you relaxed, when you are stressed.

In the middle of the day, it’s nice way to give your self a small break.

Courtesy: Dr. Rita Khanna

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