"Master the breath and calm the nerves
is the essential condition for mastering the mind,
and controlling the mind is the indispensable condition
to master the universal energy of prana (vital energy)"
Swami Rama - founder of the Himalayan Institute, co-author of "Science of Breath
We don't know how to breathe!
And it's infinitely more damaging to our physical, mental and emotional health.
than you can imagine.
Did you know that the very fact of not breathing properly is directly responsible for significant physiological disturbances? And that if each person knew how to use their breath, they could be more autonomous in managing their emotions, inevitable environmental stress and in better health?
98% of the population does not suspect the fabulous treasure with which nature has endowed it. This fabulous treasure is breathing, a real “advanced integrated technology”… as far as we know how to use it.
Indeed, we breathe every day, automatically because breathing is a reflex. It is managed by the autonomic nervous system (also responsible for our digestion and our cardiovascular system). Nevertheless, we think that it is enough to breathe to live, but breathing incorrectly has serious consequences on our organism at all levels.
Bad breathing is:
Breathing from the chest: You breathe well through your nose, but the chest expands and the shoulders rise when you inhale. In this case, the diaphragm does not descend. However, if the diaphragm does not descend completely, the lungs do not fill properly and the blood is not sufficiently oxygenated.
Having short and irregular breathing: this breathing affects the cardiovascular, hormonal, digestive system, the brain etc…
Breathing through the mouth: This breathing has catastrophic consequences on the organism. It activates the thorax, not the diaphragm… the lungs do not fill. But even worse; when we breathe through the mouth, the exchange of oxygen in the blood is impossible. Indeed, it is only when the air passes through the nose that this exchange can occur.
it is only designed to prepare the nose before enters the lungs.
- It is in the nose that nitric oxide is secreted (a molecule produced in the paranasal sinuses and continuously secreted in the nasal passages, which acts as a chemical messenger between the 50 billion cells that make up our body).
Nitric oxide is a determining agent for health. High levels of nitric oxide imply lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart attacks, etc.
In contrast, insufficient levels of nitric oxide increase the risk of hypertension, strokes, heart attacks and diabetes.
Another important function of the nose is to warm the air to 37°C before it enters the lungs.
Also, by inhaling through the nose, the sinuses will humidify the air so that it reaches a humidity level of 100%.
Without this humidity, the exchange of oxygen is impossible because in our lungs the red blood cells can only extract oxygen in the presence of this humidity.
How can I control my breathing if it's an automatic act?
Paradoxically, a newborn breathes correctly (unless there is respiratory trauma)
As he grows he begins to alter his sema of breathing under the influence of stress and the events he has to face emotionally.
Our breathing reacts to all our emotions, our thoughts, our worries, our traumas and influences our state of physical and mental health…