5/13/2007

Take A Deep Breath


I have a confession to make. I am a closet Wikipedia fan. Sometimes I go there to surf for interesting listings at night. Sometimes I find good stuff, sometimes I don't. Take a look at this listing that I came upon. "Breathing is one of the few bodily functions which, within limits, can be controlled both consciously and unconsciously." That caught my eye. One of the few functions that can be controlled... I don't know if I am a control freak, but I like to feel connected with my body, and I enjoy experiencing the type of connection that COMES FROM FEELING IN CONTROL. There I said it. I like to feel in contol of my body, and there are so many things that aren't easy to control (ever try to improve your liver function) that I jumped at the idea that there was one bodily function that I can control. Wikipedia continued that "conscious attention to breathing is common in many forms of meditation, specifically anapana and other forms of yoga." Ok, I am paying attention now. Take a look for yourself at Breath - from Wikipedia .

I know that everyone has there own opinion of everything when it comes to health
oriented topics, but the one concept that we may have an agreement on is our need to breathe .
Even if we don't agree we still do it. Anyway, let's say you are a person who is interested in improving their health, and you are reading this blog in order to find a helpful tip for a healthier life. You will have to hold on to your chairs readers out when you hear about the miracle of alternative medicine webcure is going to spring on you today. I'm not joking. Really... Again I warn you, do not be deceived by the voice in your head that says "if it was so easy, everyone would be doing it", because it is easy, it is effective, it is a miracle, and some of us do it!

Now take a look at this for starters. 5 minutes to gain the first step towards developing the lines of communication (and later on control) over one of our most important organs-our lungs. Now take those 5 minutes and sit down and try these complete breathing exercises . 5 minutes! The blog will be here when you come back, you can do the exercises in your chair-give em a try people.


Isn't that nice! >>For those of you that decided to skip the exercise, you are missing out on a nice feeling of uplifting and a quiet relaxed feeling. This is an important exercise to remember when you hit one of those heavy tension moments. Take a break, and take a deep breath; or even 10. Now that you know how relaxing it can be, take a look a look at this complete set of physical relaxation techniques that are based upon breathing. Isn't it great to connect with your body? Remember to get the most out of an exercise like this, it is important that we take a moment to get down to basics and learn how to breathe properly .

Sometimes when we hear a new idea, it is interesting to hear what others have to say about it. Take a look at this quote. "Breathing may be considered the most important of all the functions of the body, for, indeed, all the other functions depend upon it." - Ramacharaka: Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath.

The most important. Indeed. It actually makes sense. What is the one thing that we do more than breathe? There probably isn't one unless you count your beating heart. We will get to that one day soon, but not today. Onward. From a holistic perspective, the problem with our breathing is that most of us don't do it correctly. Because of the constant rush and bustle
of the modern lifestyle that is so very popular today, most people breathe too rapidly. Why is our breathing fast and shallow? Take a look at what they have to say from yoga and Pranayama (breathing) .

For those of you that don't have the time or the patience to try a yoga based technique,
here is a quick and easy stress management breathing exercise that you can do in 5 minutes.
In general, breathing exercises are one quick way that we can accomplish a few different things. We can relieve stress, we can relax, and we can recharge our batteries. If you would like to take a look at the reason breathing is so effective and understand how to teach yourself to re-balance the whole body based upon the theory and practice of yin and yang, take a look at this additional chinese health exercise called Qigong.

Next time someone tells you to sit down and take a deep breath you are gonna say, wow, they really know what they are talking about!
Be Healthy,

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2 comments:

JD Marshall said...

Great Article, very informative.

My philosophy on breathing is that if I wake up in the morning breathing it is going to be a great day.

webcure - For Your Health : said...

Thanks for the input jd! Stop by again soon..