The Intelligent Breath – 2: 1 Breathing Activity

The Intelligent Breath – 2: 1 Breathing Activity

The Intelligent Breath – 2: 1 Breathing

Conscious breathing stimulates feel-good chemicals that help you to stay calm and focused, but even more amazingly conscious breathing has been attributed to the increase of empathy, and long levity better social connections and self-love.

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Just Breathe – A Video Activity

Just Breathe – A Video Activity

Just Breathe

The breath is a quiet observer to how you think and feel and how healthy you are in mind and body; short, shallow breathing reveals anxiety, high blood pressure, poor digestion, irritability and emotional instability. And a deep long and sumptuous breath is often the opposite and reflects a harmonious and balanced approach in mind and body and emotional stability.

Just like everything we consume – the breath can either be a medicine or a poison; depending on how you use it. If your breathing is short and restricted will increase acidity as well as activate your sympathetic nervous system – keeping you anxious and edgy all day. Learning how to breathe properly to enhance the quality of your life and improve your health and wellbeing.

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The ability to connect and grow authentic relationships with our friends and family is essential for your health and wellbeing and learning deep breathing will help you do that.

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The Iceman

The Iceman

The Iceman

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With the growth of new sciences like neuroplasticity & epigenetics, we are looking further into the mind than ever before. Discovering that what we think, how we feel and what we do can impact our genetics, health and our reality.

All over the world contemporary science and eastern introspective practices have joined forces to explore fields of the mind and body previously out of reach. Examining how the effects of meditation, deep breathing, yoga and mindfulness can enhance our cognition, change our physiology, rewire our brain and transform our perspective of reality.

Meditation, energy therapies, chanting and other introspective ideologies spout that by thought and intention you can directly impact your body and your reality. What was previously capped as quasi-psycho spiritualist mumbo jumbo or new age science is now been put under the microscope, and those fanciful ideas are fast becoming a reality.

Just like when we thought the world was flat and we were the centre of the universe, we now are learning that the power of intention can be just as powerful as homogenised medical practices in pain management and cell renewal. The new great leap for mankind will be in how we perceive and create reality through our own thoughts and actions.

The Iceman

The Wim Hof Method https://www.wimhofmethod.com/practice-the-method

Wim Hof got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.

Now There Is Proof

The most intriguing and possibly the most studied athlete on the planet to date is Wim Hof AKA The Iceman. This Danish daredevil born on April 20th 1959, has single-handedly changed our perceived knowledge and scientific understanding of how breath and mediation can significantly alter body chemistry. 

Wim has crushed over 20 world records including; the most extended submersion in freezing waters; he has climbed Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro in a pair of shorts multiple times, run a marathon in the Namibian Dessert without drinking any water or eating any food. 

If this wasn’t enough, Wim has also completed a full marathon (42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi)), above the arctic circle in Finland, in temperatures close to −20 °C (−4 °F) in a pair of shorts.

The most startling and controversial experiment Wim has participated in recently was where he and 12 students volunteered to be injected with E .coli at the Radboud University Hospital, Netherlands. 

He and a team of 12 students trained by Wim in his breathing practice were able to actively suppress parts of their autonomic nervous system and control their reaction to an incredible toxic bacterium. This active and deliberate intervention using the breath and the mind to consciously modify their chemistry was thought impossible – until Wim proved otherwise.

Wim can consciously modify his own autonomic systems and can actively control the release of chemicals and hormones in his body by using his mind and his breath.

He attributes his superhuman athleticism and the mastery of his mind and body to the way he uses his breath. His technique which is now accessible worldwide includes the exposure to extreme temperatures, controlled hyperventilation coupled with concentrated breathing patterns and breath holding and good old fashion will and determination.

Exploring the depth of his unknown abilities began as a spontaneous urge to jump into freezing water in his homeland in the Netherlands when he was just 19. Wim says “nature is your teacher'” and believes that “hard nature” is the key to unlocking the hidden potential we all have to change our physiology, biochemistry and our endurance.

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Diaphragm Breathing – Live Longer and Feel Better

Diaphragm Breathing – Live Longer and Feel Better

Breathe Deeply

The breath regulates all the chemical and biological functions of the body and is essential to the health and wellbeing of every cell in your body and every living thing on this planet.

By Emily Rack

Learning to breathe more effectively will help you to live longer, get smarter and feel a whole lot healthier. Better breathing means your brain and your body will function better and you will reduce your risk of organ disease, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic inflammatory ailments like arthritis.

There is a myriad of research that proves concentrated breathing practices can have life-changing effects on your health and happiness and also the way you live your life. A simple and effective breathing exercise that is proven to increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, lower your blood pressure and boost your metabolism is the simple exercise of diaphragmatic breathing.

Find out more inforamtion from these links on how your breath can heal your body, boost your metabolism and help you to live longer.
https://www.npr.org/2010/12/06/131734718/just-breathe-body-has-a-built-in-stress-reliever
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5455070/

Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise

Put both your hands on the sides of your rib cage and begin breathing naturally in and out, like you would normally. You should feel your rib cage expanding in and out as air fills the lungs and as you breathe back out.
For most of us, our chest will also move up and down in a vertical action as the muscles in your chest and ribs pull up to expand the ribcage. This is called chest breathing or thoracic breathing and is, in fact, a dysfunctional way to breathe.

If you move your hands from the sides of your ribs down a little bit and then in (where the ribs finish), there is a cavity. This is your diaphragm, a large dome-shaped muscle that sits underneath your lungs. This domed shaped muscle, which has a left and right dome, separates your upper respiratory system from the digestive system. When you breathe from here you allow for proper amounts of oxygen to be absorbed into the body.

 

1. Close your mouth and shut your eyes and begin to breathe in and out through your nose

2. Relax your shoulders and sit or stand straight

3. Using your hands as feedback place them over the diaphragm and take a slow breath in from here and let the ribs expand sideways and the stomach to relax and move out.

4. Then exhale and feel the diaphragm drop and the ribs come in. (There should not be an up and down motion to your breath)

5. Practice breathing in and out through the nose letting the breath move in and out of the body in a slow, calm and rhythmic way, Try breathing like this for 4 minutes letting the body fall deeper into relaxation with the breath.

6. As you breathe notice any tension you may hold in the body and let your breath gently dissolve it.

As you breathe in, let the stomach relax and move with the breath. As you inhale the belly will naturally expand and as you exhale it will naturally come in. This slow rhythmic pump will soothe your whole body. *Try adding a small pause at the end of the inhalation and after you exhale, take another small pause. Eventually, your exhalation should be longer than your inhalation.

*remember never to force your breath or gasp for air*

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Breath Is The Best Medicine

Breath Is The Best Medicine

Breath Is The Best Medicine

We need oxygen to survive, and without enough of it, our brain and all our organs cannot function properly and our cells will begin to die.

Learning to breathe properly is essential for our health and wellbeing, breathing regulates our heart rate, influences the release of chemicals into the blood stream, removes toxins from the body and helps us to metabolise food and waste. 

The reality is nearly all of us do not breathe properly and don’t even know how to; it is just assumed that because breathing is an automatic function it does not need any real consideration.

The truth is overlooking the way you are breathing could be interfering with your health and happiness in a really big way, overtime the implications of poor breathing can be pretty scary, poor or latent breathing impacts every part of your body and can even lead to longer term health problems like organ damage and even stroke.

What Went Wrong?

Sitting down for long periods of time, poor posture, social habits and emotional stress all impact the way we breathe. Poor breathing habits inhibit our ability to relax which means; we cannot digest food properly, our cells can’t repair themselves, we feel tired, cranky and anxious, we get sick more often and eat more sugar. All of this loops back on itself to create a vicious cycle where poor respiration leads to poor health and bad habits.

Babies Breath

When we are little we know how to breathe correctly. If you have ever watched a baby breathing when they are sleeping you will notice their whole body shifts into a rhythmic pattern; you see on the inhalation the whole belly rises and on exhalation the whole belly falls. This is the natural rhythm of breathing and it fills the whole body with oxygen.

By the time out kids reach school age, proper breathing shifts from deep and rhythmic to short and shallow. It happens for a few different reasons which include; sitting down too much, social stigmas to hold the tummy in and the mimicking of behaviour from peers and parents. It also does not help that nearly all the adults in the world seem stressed and wound up.

The New Epidemic

We now know that poor breathing is a significant factor in exacerbating or even triggering anxiety and panic attacks. Short shallow breathing stimulates parts of the body and brain to function in a primitive way and holds you in a state of suspended anxiety.

Short shallow breathing is activating a part of your nervous system that keeps you alert, uptight and ready for the approach of any predators of threats. This means your body is constantly leaking adrenalin and other stimulants into your blood and brain, and like all steroids; will overtime corrode your bones and tissues. So there it is, poor breathing habits can really make you sick, and cortisol leakage is just the tip of the iceberg.

Better Late Than Never

The good news is, you have the ultimate tool to avoid these potential health problems, and is it right under your nose. Just by learning the art of better breathing you can significantly improve your health and wellbeing by; helping your organs to function properly, lowering your blood pressure and giving the body the help it needs to restore and repair itself naturally. When you breathe properly you will have more energy, sleep more peacefully, feel happier, get smarter and live longer.

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