How often we keep hearing these two words! I know I have heard it for so long now. But, do we really concentrate on our breathing? Do we really BREATHE the way we are supposed to?
When in moments of despair or anger, we forget we have a pair of lungs that can help us get through it all if we follow their advice, but rarely do we do that. The kind of effect this has on our health is something we realise only later, often when it’s too late.
Breathing not only supplies your body with oxygen, but also helps cool you down, clear your mind and helps you focus on the here and the now.
So, how DO we breathe? How do we remember to breathe?
Simple! Get into the practice of deep breathing everyday, even if for five minutes.
LEARN TO BREATHE:
- Sit cross-legged on the floor, or in your bed before bedtime. Place your hands in your lap, or on your knees.
- Close your eyes and calm your mind.
- There will be thoughts demanding your attention, but let them be. Don’t drive them away.
- Instead, divert your attention to your breath, to your nostrils or your stomach as it inflates and deflates as you inhale and exhale.
- If you wish to, count your breaths.
- Go slow. Just breathe naturally–focus on just inhaling and exhaling, focus on your chest expanding as you breathe in, and deflating as you breathe out.
- Count 20 breaths and then open your eyes if you can’t go any further.
- If you do feel good enough, continue for as long as you feel like.
Doing this exercise everyday will help you learn to concentrate on how you breathe and how good it feels to do so. It’s also a tiny workout to get our monkey mind under control.
If you have trouble sleeping, then, continue with the above exercise after you lie down. And, before you realise it, you will have fallen asleep! I do it on nights I can’t fall asleep and it works like a charm. Of course, it needs to be worked upon. But, it does work.
INCLUDE PRANAYAM IN YOUR EXERCISE REGIMEN:
PRANAYAM, or controlled breathing, relaxes your mind and reduces stress and anxiety.
Sharing with you all, this detailed article on Pranayam and the different types of Pranayam and the ways of doing these.
Although, the best way to learn it is by enrolling in a Yoga class. You will learn not only Pranayam, but also exercises that will help you breathe better and improve your overall health.
Wish you the best!
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