Breathing. We do it everyday and don’t even notice it. Is it important? Well obviously, we can’t live without it. It is one of the major mechanisms of detoxification in the body. One breath allows for blood to be pumped to the body at once, and reaches muscles and organs. It cleanses them of carbon dioxide and other toxins, and transports it to the kidney for clearance. One breath lasts 0.8 seconds, and it is in less than a second that one breath manages to pump blood and oxygen to the brain, lungs and all muscles of the body! So yes, breathing is important. A breath signifies the first sign of life in the newborn, and is the last capability to leave the deceased.
A deep breath is much more efficient in its function than quick, shallow breaths. Yoga focuses on uniting mind, body and spirituality at the core. Breathing exercises in yoga are one of the key elements, and yogic breathing is different from regular breathing. Yogic breathing focuses on depth of breath rather than frequency, and can be practised in the given steps.
- Sit comfortably in a chair.
- Close your eyes and imagine a swan gliding across a lake.
- Like the swan has gentle movements as it glides, let your breathe take the swan’s place. Gently inhale, hold your breath for as long as you can, then exhale. Use both your mouth and nose to breathe deeply.
- Continue this in a cycle for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, you’ll feel positive and energized. Breathing also sets the pace for yoga routine. Long deep breathing has the following benefits:
- Deep breathing promotes a more efficient release of toxins from the tissues, and ensures their exit from the body.
- Deep breathing helps relieve anxiety and stress. When you’re agitated, the muscles become taut and breathing becomes shallow. Taking deep breaths when anxious or stressed out helps the muscles unwind, which increases the blood supply to the brain and heart, which helps you think clearly.
- Deep breathing strengthens the heart and lungs, as it increases their capacity to deliver blood and oxygen to the whole body.
- One deep breath sends a gush of blood to the brain, which is supplied with instant energy. Deep breaths hence strengthens the nervous system, and avoid buildup of toxins in the brain.
With so many benefits, you will now realise that you always took breathing for granted. Take out time to meditate, and inculcate deep breathing asanas in your yoga routine. New to yoga why not book in for a class… Simply click on the link below to a redeem a free class. (offer only available for new clients only, Terms & Conditions apply).