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4. September 2020

The Healing Power of Breathing

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Breathing exercises for everyday life

Conscious breathing is possible at any time if required. This accessibility makes the exercises of breathing therapy an ideal aid in everyday life. They can help alleviate discomfort, increase relaxation and attentiveness, improve concentration and allow you to master stressful situations. Even a deep sigh now and then provides for complete ventilation of the lungs and can help you to reduce stress.
Alternate nostril breathing provides emotional balance: inhale through one nostril, hold your breath, breathe out deeply through the other nostril and repeat several times. This technique can help you become calmer and more relaxed. Controlled breathing exercises are one of the essential practices in yoga and can also be applied in your everyday life. “Pranayama” is composed of Prana (life force) and Ayama (control) and means deepening and regulating the breath through mindfulness. The aim is to strengthen your life force and thus, your body and mind, improve the flow of energy and remove any blockages. Prolonged exhalation has a remarkably calming effect on your nervous system. Deep breathing helps us to better process and release unpleasant emotions. Also, your cells are supplied with higher levels of oxygen, allowing better regeneration of the organs and hormone balance.
Give it a try: breathe in and out through your right nostril only for a few minutes. This exercise will activate your sympathetic nervous system and increase your blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, you will feel fitter.
If, on the other hand, you only breathe in through your left nostril, this activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This practice causes your blood pressure and heart rate drop, encouraging a calming effect.
For more stressful moments, abdominal breathing can help. In this case, raise your arms sideways for five to ten seconds while inhaling in a sitting position and slowly lower them again while exhaling gently. At the end of the movement, place your hands on your stomach and wait for the next breath. This exercise fills your breathing apparatus with air and, if done regularly, can stimulate your metabolism, relieve your heart and provide more relaxation.Conscious breathing is possible at any time if required. This accessibility makes the exercises of breathing therapy an ideal aid in everyday life. They can help alleviate discomfort, increase relaxation and attentiveness, improve concentration and allow you to master stressful situations. Even a deep sigh now and then provides for complete ventilation of the lungs and can help you to reduce stress.
Alternate nostril breathing provides emotional balance: inhale through one nostril, hold your breath, breathe out deeply through the other nostril and repeat several times. This technique can help you become calmer and more relaxed. Controlled breathing exercises are one of the essential practices in yoga and can also be applied in your everyday life. “Pranayama” is composed of Prana (life force) and Ayama (control) and means deepening and regulating the breath through mindfulness. The aim is to strengthen your life force and thus, your body and mind, improve the flow of energy and remove any blockages. Prolonged exhalation has a remarkably calming effect on your nervous system. Deep breathing helps us to better process and release unpleasant emotions. Also, your cells are supplied with higher levels of oxygen, allowing better regeneration of the organs and hormone balance.
Give it a try: breathe in and out through your right nostril only for a few minutes. This exercise will activate your sympathetic nervous system and increase your blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, you will feel fitter.
If, on the other hand, you only breathe in through your left nostril, this activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This practice causes your blood pressure and heart rate drop, encouraging a calming effect.
For more stressful moments, abdominal breathing can help. In this case, raise your arms sideways for five to ten seconds while inhaling in a sitting position and slowly lower them again while exhaling gently. At the end of the movement, place your hands on your stomach and wait for the next breath. This exercise fills your breathing apparatus with air and, if done regularly, can stimulate your metabolism, relieve your heart and provide more relaxation.