Breathe Right to Be Right! A Crash Course for Better Wellness

Many of us forget that oxygen is the most important chemical in our body. 70% of our bodies ‘waste products’ are removed through breathing. Deep breathing exercises have always been ‘trendy’ but few people actually do them! You’ll see below that they really do enhance your overall wellness, so remember to breathe properly!

Breathing can help calm and stimulate the nervous system and release tension from frustration, stress and anger. Because of its ability to help ease tension, breathing exercises can help bring clarity to the mind and body.

Proper breathing has several benefits:

Makes the Heart Stronger.
Deep breathing leads to more efficient lungs, which means more oxygen and less work on the heart when it comes to delivering oxygen to the body’s tissue. Secondly, greater pressure differential in the lungs leads to increased elasticity, circulation and enhanced air flow, thus taking an additional burden off of the heart.

Assists in Weight Control.
If you are overweight, the extra oxygen taken in via breathing exercises can help burn excess fat more efficiently. If you are underweight, the extra oxygen can help to feed the deprived tissues/ glands.

Breathing also boosts energy levels and improves stamina. In Chinese medicine, diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing assists with our qi (chi) energy and stamina.

Try These Breathing Exercises

Complete Natural Breathing

  1. Sit or stand while maintaining good posture.
  2. Inhale, through your nose, filling first the lower part of your lungs then the middle part, then the upper part.
  3. Hold your breath for a few seconds.
  4. Slowly exhale! Relax your abdomen and chest.

Deep Breathing

  1. Lie flat on your back or sit in a comfortable chair, maintaining good posture. Ensure that your body is as relaxed as possible. Close your eyes.
  2. Breathe through your nose.
  3. Now place one hand on your abdomen and one on your chest.
  4. Deeply inhale and slowly through your nose into your abdomen. You should feel your abdomen rise with this inhalation and your chest should move only a little.
  5. Keeping your mouth, tongue, and jaw relaxed, exhale through your mouth
  6. Relax as you focus on the sound and feeling of long, slow, deep breaths.

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  • Kim

    Just tried this out for a few reps, this really helps in relaxing the body as well as the mind.