We are breathing human beings sipping in the prana that keeps our very being alive. Breath is what supports our body, mind and spirit. Unfortunately we have become so busy with what is going on in our lives, that this simple function of breathing is given the least attention. Breathing is the link to our emotions, thoughts, speech infact its linked to us in every aspect of our being.
The way we breathe is related to how we function or feel. Example when nervousness sets in, our breath becomes strained, when we have over eaten, we become short of breath or when there is physical exertion our breathing becomes faster.
We devote a lot of time on other areas of our life that the Breath begins to loose its place within us. We have the ability to feel the sensations of each breath. The effect of Breath on your health, wellness, performance, emotions, and spiritual well-being is just beautiful.
Most of us do not use the full potential of our diaphram or lungs. We tend to breathe into the chest area only. We accept our breath just the way it is. We avoid discovering the beauty of breath. As a student of mine once said "Am learning to RESPECT MY BREATH" So eloquently put.
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Below are 3 main types of breathing methods. Observe your breathing and find which type yours is. The first step in making a change is knowing and understanding our breath. Make it your friend. Get to know your Breath.
High Breathing this takes place in the chest and lung area. Also known as Clavicular or Collarbone Breathing. This involves raising of the ribs, shoulders and collarbones. People with asthma, tight belts, full stomachs or those who are short of breath resort to this form of breathing. This breathing is less desirable and shallow.
Middle Breathing takes place in the middle part of the lungs. Its a little harder to do. Also known as Thoracic or Rib cage Breathing. With this form of breathing the ribs and chest expand sideways. Our emotions and negativity tends to be stored here. Breathing in the middle area has the ability to open the heart area and cleanse the lungs.
Low Breathing takes part in the lower part of the lungs and chest. It is also known as the Abdominal Breathing. Sedentary people who tend to slump breathe in this manner. While sleeping low breathing takes place.
Complete Breathing uses the complete respiratory system. The full lung capacity is being used here. It is the deepest form of breathing, also known as the Foundation Breath. Best to use this from of breathing when practicing breathing exercises. With each inhale you will feel your spine lengthen and on the exhale you will find space being created between the veterbrates. This form of breath helps in grounding or preparing one for meditation.
Below is a beautiful quote by an amazing Yoga Master
Resistance to Breath is Resistance to Change
Resistance to Change is Resistance to Life
Inhale Deeply my Friend Inhale