Work with the Breath?
Breath is life and affects and has effects on everything we do.
It is a most profound tool for health, growth and change to which
we have constant access. The prana, life-force that flows through
the breath is a vehicle for aiding us in doing whatever we need
and desire to do in life with more ease, effectiveness, power
Breathing deeply is one of the most profound ways
that we can love and nurture ourselves.
It is saying "YES!!!" to life
in a language that all of our cells can understand
and to which they will respond.
To realize that you have a choice about how you experience your
life, you must first realize that you have a choice about how you
experience your breath.
BREATHWORK aids anxiety, fatigue, stress reduction,
weight loss, quitting smoking, high blood pressure, asthma, other
breathing difficulties and most importantly enhanced well-being,
health and vitality.
1) PHYSICALLY it affects us as the quality of
our breath affects the quality of our energy and vitality. Breath
affects the heart rate, the entire circulatory system, digestive
and elimination systems, immune and nervous systems. The way we
breathe has a direct affect on the functioning of every organ and
gland. Breathing more fully on the inhalation provides more oxygen,
which is food for our cells, thus nourishing us on a cellular level.
Breathing more fully on the exhalation eliminates more carbon dioxide
and toxins and greatly increases the quality of our blood. Improving
the quality of the physical act of breathing greatly improves the
quality of our health.
2) MENTALLY it affects us. When the breath wavers,
the mind is chaotic, when the breath is steady the mind is steady.
"Being conscious of the breath" is
the foundation of Eastern meditation practice.
We calm the body when we calm the mind and we calm the mind with
the breath. When we focus on the physical movement of the breath
with our mind, our brain waves change and we move from a realm
of thinking to a realm of feeling which leads us to the realm of “being”.
While In this state, body, mind and spirit are in harmony and well-being
3) EMOTIONALLY it affects us. With conscious
awareness steadying the breath, the parasympathetic nervous system
becomes dominant thus serenity of the emotions is more easily achieved.
Certain forms of conscious breathing bring repressed emotional
processes to the surface for integration. According to the latest
scientific research of Emotional Intelligence and Brain Science
we are able to consciously create new
neuropathways in our brains. These can supersede old destructive
emotional responses and behaviors. It is no accident that the lungs “embrace” the
heart and that with each breath the physical and emotional heart
4) SPIRITUALLY it effects us since the breath, as life-force,
creates a bridge between the mind and body serving as a vehicle
for connection with a higher consciousness source of inspiration
Modern science is just now beginning to corroborate what Yogic
and many Eastern Disciplines have known for over 5,000 years. The
breath, as energy, is significant in every aspect of life and the
physical body is nothing more than a crystallization around the
energy pattern that underlies it.
“The very simplicity of correct breathing
keeps thousands from seriously considering it
while they spend fortunes in seeking health
through complicated and expensive procedures and medicines.”
Yogi Ramacharaka in “The Science of