Deep Breathing Exercises Relaxation, Health, Spirituality

From the perspective of health and spirituality, proper deep breathing is quite significant. This kind of breathing boosts life and vigor and relaxes taut nerves. Most of us fail to do it properly and practice shallow breathing in everyday life which eventually leads to breathing pattern disorder ro what we call UDB: unbalanced dysfunctional breathing. It is important to be acquainted with how proper breathing works in our body and how it affects the entire body mechanism, and to understand its effects before putting deep breathing exercises into practice. We must also learn what improper deep breathing is.


The Deep Breathing Process

    The respiratory system consists of the diaphragm, windpipe and lungs, and the rib cage surrounds the system structure. Upon inhalation, the diaphragm travels down, while on exhalation it progresses upward.

    When we inhale, the lungs expand to their maximum capacity as more air is inhaled, and likewise, the diaphragm reaches the lower abdomen. It should be noted that the lungs work better when inhaled deeply and downward, as they are larger at the bottom and narrower at the top. Deep breathing works positively on health, because with the inhalation and exhalation process, the movement of the diaphragm, lower back, rib cage and stomach takes place, which in turn massages the muscles of the heart. It helps in pumping enough blood to the entire system and helps detoxify the vital organs.


How Relaxation Breathing Exercises Work

    Some of the most popular, healthy breathing practices stem from tai chi, qi gong and yoga. But care should be taken when performing deep breathing exercises, as doing deep-breathing exercises in an incorrect manner can have adverse effects on the body.

Generally, most of us breathe in an improper way and we get used to shallow breathing. This is harmful for the health as carbon dioxide may be ejected too quickly and the nervous system be over-stimulated. Kind of like have your car engine run at 5,000-10,000 revolutions per minute while standing a stop sign. When the slower, deeper, more relaxed breathing works in a smooth and flowing manner, it superbly affects the respiratory system as well as the nervous system and triggers the reflexive breathing’s relaxation response (also known as the parasympathetic response) bringing more calm and potential tranquility to life.

    Under extreme or long-term conditions of anxiety and nervousness, the sympathetic nervous system can be harmed. Most of us don’t know that persistent stress results in a depletion of nutrients and brings in mental instability. Here, the parasympathetic nervous system comes to the rescue and helps neutralize this harmful mechanism. Through the practice of these deep breathing exercises, the nervous system can be brought into balance in a more timely manner.

    
    Most of us fail to follow our commitment toward exercising and following other healthy routines. But one thing that can easily be put into practice is breathing deeply and repeatedly. Make it a point to incorporate deep but grounded breaths in your regular routines like with the Squeeze and Breathe. . It has even been proven scientifically that doing proper deep breathing exercises is capable of managing depression, blood pressure stress, nervousness and trauma recovery. It has been noted often that when these properly balanced deep-breathing techniques were incorporated with traditional medical treatments, these treatments worked more effectively.

    When a person does not have a healthy breathing pattern, they either do not take in enough oxygen or do not expel enough carbon dioxide; or they shallow breathe and try to compensate by high-chest breathing that invites vasoconstriction and keeps the CO2 levels too low. These in turn lead to mental fog, exhaustion, and diminished tissue function.

    Most of us think that following a proper diet and regular exercise can lead to a healthier life. But among these healthy practices, we forget to promote one important function upon which our life depends, and that is deep and proper breathing.

    It also has been noted that aerobic breathing is good in some ways, as it brings in more oxygen, exercises the cardiovascular system, and may expel carbon dioxide to a certain (and sometimes harmful) extent. But with a high-chest breathing pattern, efficiency may not be optimal. During aerobic exercise (i.e., running, etc.) much of the increased oxygen is immediately used up by the accelerated demand placed upon hard-working muscles and heart, etc., so the oxygen can not be used to penetrate deeply into the organs and cells for oxygenation and healing.


The Lymphatic System

    One of the vital components that the cells need to function is lymph. Breathing mechanics are directly responsible for pumping the lymphatic system. In order to flourish, it relies on the intricate interchange that takes place between it and the circulatory system. They work interdependently to circulate nutrients and oxygen and to expel harmful toxins.

    The lymphatic system is in part responsible for flushing out contaminants from the body. The lymph vessels work in complicated structures and travel throughout the body, our cells whirl in the lymphatic fluid that carries the unwanted detritus in the form of dead cells, unwanted proteins and other pollutants. Lymphatic tissues are quite dense and therefore take longer to transfer nutrients than most of the blood and organs do. Therefore, more time is often needed to affect change than with other body systems where we expect change faster.

    When blood is pumped, it results in the transportation of vital nutrients and oxygen. The cells now take up what they require and emit waste that gets flushed out by the lymphatic fluid. Why is breathing important to this process? The circulatory system constitutes the in-built pumping system and the lymphatic system relies on breathing, combined with other bodily movements. In cases where the movement of the lymphatic fluid is slothful, the body is not getting detoxified in the proper manner. With restriction in movement and improper breathing, the lymph fluid fails to gush adequately and in due course of time, health-related problems can mount. But, one can help purify and cleanse the lymph system by incorporating deep breathing exercises and gentle movement. (Rebounding is especially beneficial for lymphatic flow.) This results in a dual action where along with the purification of the system stress is also managed.

    Hence, it is important to learn how to breathe appropriately and to do so on a regular basis. In our fast-paced life, most of us forget to breathe fully as everything occupies our minds except for breathing. But when based in a proper foundation, it is the simplest form of exercise and one can practice it while tending to day-to-day chores, like doing the dishes, the laundry, etc.

    We are often so caught up in meeting the needs of work, family, etc., that we fail to nurture ourselves. “Your body is a temple,” so learn to respect it and take care of it. Most of the world’s cultures teach that proper deep breathing carries a divine force with it that brings us closer to God. So get a divine kick-start today and make healthy breathing a part of your lifestyle!   Develop proper deep breathing here



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