From the moment of birth to death, we are breathing. Our life is measure by breath. Breath is more important to us than either food or water. One can live without food for weeks, and without water for days; but not without breath, as it can cause death within a few minutes.With each breath we exchange carbon dioxide from inside our body for oxygen molecules from the surrounding air.
Breathing is important for two reasons:
* Its supply of oxygen to various organs of the body, which is vital for our survival.
* It helps to get rid of waste products and toxins from the body.
Breathing is a simple and obvious act, and we often take it for granted ignoring the effect it has on the body, mind, and soul. With each inhale we bring oxygen into the body and spark the transformation of nutrients into fuel. Each exhale purges the body of carbon dioxide, a toxic waste.Breathing also affects our state of mind. It can make us excited or calm, tense or relaxed. The rhythm of our breathing varies according to our activities and our feelings. It quickens with physical exertion or emotional upset, it slows down during sleep or periods of relaxation.
A large number of people breath incorrectly and are not even aware of it. Instead of breathing deeply to brign air down to the bottom of the lungs, where the richest blood supply is, people breath in a shallow manner that bring air only into the uppermost part of the lungs.
What's wrong with the way we breathe?
Often, our breathing is too shallow and too quick. We neither take sufficient oxygen nor eliminate carbon dioxide completely. As a result, body becomes oxygen starved and a toxic build up occur. Every cell in the body requires oxygen and our level of vitality is a product of the health of all the cells.We should breathe slowly and deeply. Quick shallow breathing result in reducing the immune system, premature ageing and other factors.Infact most of our energy requirements come not from the air we breathe not from food. By purifying the blood steam, each and every part of the body benefits as well as the mind.
The role of breathe is very important in practice of Yoga. First we need to understand why breathing is incorporated in the practice of yoga. The breath is prana or vital force. The requirements of oxygen or pranic energy for our body changes depending on our action. When we do exercise, more oxygen is required and breathing becomes faster and with force. When we relax the need for vital energy is lower and breathing becomes relaxed and deep.
Mental activities also affect breathing. So for physical, mental function, breath is very important.Generally, every yoga session should have a positive resolve, may it be for better physical or mental health. The positive resolve should be integrated with inhalation process, as the air or prana entering into the body affects the entire mid-body complex. The exhalation can be used for relaxing and removing the stress from the mind-body complex.
Benefits of deep breathe
The first rule for correct breathing is that we should breath through the nose. But quite often, people breathe through the mouth. Breathing through mouth can adversely affect the development of thyroid gland. It can retard the mental development. The nose has varied defence mechanisms to prevent impurities and excessive cold air entering the body. We should breathe slowly and deeply through the nose.
Deep breathing produces the following benefits.
* Deep, slow breathing assists in weight control. If you are overweight, the extra oxygen burns the excess fat more efficiently. If you are underweight, the extra oxygen feeds the starving tissues and glands. In other words, yoga helps to arrive at an ideal body weight.
* Deep, slow, rhythmic breathing gives relaxation of the mind and body.
* The lugs becomes healthy and powerful, a good against respiratory problems
* Improvement of the nervous system, including the brain , spinal cord
* Improvement in the quality of the blood due to its increased oxygenation in the lungs. This aids in the elimination of toxins from the system.
* Deep, slow, rhythmic breathing reduces the work load for heart.
* Rejuvenation of the skin. The skin becomes smoother and a reduction of facial wrinkles occurs
The role of breathe in SpiritualAlmost all the ancient languages use the same word for air , wind, or breath ,as they do for life, vital energy, or spirit. This principle, this spirit of life is called chi, ki, prana or energy.The breath is often overlooked and underestimated in our search for the source and meaning of life yet the author of genesis tell us that Ã¢â‚¬Å“God took the dust of the earth and formed the body of man and breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life and man became a living soul.The movement of spirit in the body is reflected in the movement of breath. The healing power of Christ, the miraculous power of Moses , the charm of Krishna , the inspiration of the Buddha, all these were attain by breath.Breath work is a spiritual technology for purification and awakening. When you work with breath, you automatically develop spiritual skills. Breathing makes it clear that the original creative life force energy that built our bodies in the womb is still available to us , to maintain and even rebuild the body.Yoga is the science of union(with GOD) And yoga holds as a central truth breath is the connection, the bridge between mind, body, and soul, between the visible and the invisible. Breath connects us to each other, and it connects all of us to God, Nature and Existence.If you want to go into the deepest realities of life, and to reach the highest states of consciousness, then you will have to awaken to the breath. It is the path or at least the doorway to your essence, your core, your soul, your heart of hearts. Breath and breathing tectiniques are now being taught all over the world. Breath awareness leads to the healing of stress, emotional problems, subconscious blocks, fears and anxieties. Opening and relaxing the breath is like opening the doors to your soul