Breathing is Important!

 

 “For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.”

~Sanskrit proverb

Breath is essential to life. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we leave. In between that time, we take about half a billion breaths. What we may not realize is that the mind, body, and breath are intimately connected and can influence each other.

Our breathing is influenced by our thoughts, and our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breath. Learning to breathe consciously and with awareness can be a valuable tool in helping to restore balance in the mind and body.

There is a simple formula which is best known as the 4 2 6 method:

BREATHE in for 4 seconds

HOLD for 2 seconds

RELEASE for 6 seconds

Benefits of a regular practice of this simple method include:

  • Reduced anxiety and depression

  • Lower/stabilized blood pressure

  • Increased energy levels

  • Muscle relaxation

  • Decreased feelings of stress and overwhelm

 

In the medical community, there is a growing appreciation for the positive impact that deep breathing can have on the physiology, both in the mind and the body. According to the research, many of these beneficial effects can be attributed to reducing the stress response in the body.

Fixing the cause not just treating the symptom !