“Life is the period between one day and the next; a man who is half-breathing, half-living. He who breathes properly gains control of his whole being.”
“Hatha Yoga Pradipika”
Various physical and mental disorders can often adversely affect the ability to breathe properly. Many people do not breathe properly and are not aware of it. Proper breathing is a blessing that brings us a complete improvement in psychophysical health. Breath is intrinsically linked to our state of health, and irregular breathing will often reflect various disorders in the body and mind. The purpose of this text is to clarify one yoga breathing technique and to exercise the habit of breathing properly by introducing it to everyday life.
It is necessary to develop a natural awareness of the breathing process as nothing can be achieved without awareness. Even if breathing occurs spontaneously 24 hours a day, we are often not aware of the vital process or have any control over it. Rhythmic stomach breathing is a technique that can help raise awareness of the breathing process.
YOGA (STOMACH) BREATHING
- The first step is to put your body in a comfortable position, you can sit on a chair, stretch your body on a bed or choose some yoga position to sit. Then, for easier breathing, place one palm on the chest and the other on the belly above the navel. When breathing in your stomach, you only breathe on your nose (unless you have a deviation in your nose), then you feel your stomach move up and down and your palm moves in the rhythm of breathing. When you fully regain your stomach breathing then we go to the next step.
- The second step is to consciously see your breathing rhythm. During inhalation, the abdomen expands and we then count the duration of the inhalation (eg 3, 4, 5 seconds or more). The whole body should be relaxed and movements only occur in the abdomen. We repeatedly check the length of our breath, which should always be stress-free. When we have regained our stomach breathing and found our rhythm of breath, then we move on to the third step.
- The third step is to breathe in a rhythmically controlled stomach. You consciously observe your breathing and direct your attention to the control of your breathing. When inhaled, the abdomen expands and the navel rises, at the same time the diaphragm will press the abdomen and the navel will be at its highest point, then hold the breath without strain for one second, then exhale in a controlled manner, exhale it the same length as the inhale, whereby the abdomen shrinks and the navel pulls towards the spine, then we also hold our breath effortlessly
- It is necessary, as with everything in life, to take daily time to perfect our breathing technique It is advisable to take 5 to 10 minutes of conscious breathing practice daily to become a conditioned reflex of our daily breathing for one second. To repeat the whole process in a controlled and conscious manner and without any strain. All breathing techniques in the exercise process have one basic rule, which is that neither breathing in, breathing out, nor holding your breath should be stressful, but rather start with your current capabilities, and exercise breathing capacity increases.
Yoga and health
– all organs in the abdomen function uniformly rhythmically and affect the work of other organs in the body
– The heart rate is rhythmic and the function of the heart affects the whole work in the bloodstream
– reduces nervous tension and achieves complete mental relaxation
It is well known that the human being is a perfect mechanism in which all the parts are unlikely to be connected and breathing is one of the powerful ways that we can bring well-being to ourselves completely and at the same time it costs us nothing but a little bit of everyday time, which you will devote to yourself the likely effects.
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