Life Is Absolutely Dependent Upon The Act Of Breathing ~ Breath Is Life!
Breathing is one of the most important, if not the most important, functions of the body as all other functions of the body depend upon it.
A person may exist for quite a while without eating, a shorter time without drinking, but without breathing, their life would be over pretty quickly!
Life is but a series of breaths.
As we have moved away from our primal roots, we may have developed bad habits when it comes to the correct way to breathe for optimal health.
Imperfect breathing allows a considerable part of the lungs to remain inactive leaving areas of the lungs vulnerable to bacteria and virus which can lead to disease.
The quality of our blood also depends largely on the amount of oxygen we take in which assists in purifying the blood. Low amounts of oxygen will lead to impurities of the blood which will have a knock-on effect to your general health as blood passes through every organ in the body.
The following exercise will help you to develop positive breath habits.
Breathe in through the nostrils; inhale steadily first filling the lower part of the lungs, pushing out your diaphragm and then the middle part of the lungs, pushing out the lower ribs and finally the higher portion of the lungs puffing out the chest. – Retain the breath for a few seconds – Exhale slowly but firmly as if you were whistling. Repeat as often as you wish.
(With thanks to Hatha Yoga ~ The Science of Breathe and Posture)
If you are not used to deep breathing, you may find yourself a little dizzy at first as the additional oxygen hits your blood stream.
The benefits of the above exercise called “Complete Breathing” will assist with immunity to chest complaints, colds and coughs.