Power of Our Breath
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The Power of our Breath

 

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

-Sanskrit Proverb 

 

There is research that shows emotions are linked to breathing patterns and you can change how you feel with your breath.  If you feel anxious you may notice that your breath is fast and shallow. When you are relaxed, most likely your breath is  slower and deeper.

Your breath is connected to your nervous system. By changing your breath, you can calm yourself down. By lengthening your exhales,  you can help your body tap into the rest and digest, the parasympathetic, nervous system. 

 

Diaphragmatic breathing also known as deep belly breathing uses of the main muscle of breathing, the diaphragm, resulting in slower, deeper breathing. A known response of slower breathing is that engages a relaxation response and reduces the production of cortisol in the body, which is the primary stress hormone.  There are different types of breathing techniques that all help our bodies in different ways but  the  main themes is mindful breathing has many benefits.  

 

Benefits of Mindful Breathing

 

  • Reduces stress

  • Positively impacts  thoughts and mood 

  • Boosts the brain

  • Improves sleep

  • Helps build the immune function