Monday, March 23, 2009
Take a Breath! Then Read This. (Then Repost on Your Blog)
Taken from Dave and Jess' new site-
THE FLOATING HOUSE.
Great Info! and Congratulations to Dave for completing his Kundalini Yoga Certification :) Norm would be proud!
"Breathing: are you doing it backwards? Chances are you might be. A lot of people contract, pulling in their stomach or navel point when inhaling. This is breathing backwards! Maybe you do it because you don’t want to pouch out your gut while you breathe. Maybe you do it because you bring all the air into your chest cavity, completely neglecting your diaphragm. Maybe you do it because your abs are so rock solid that you couldn’t expand your navel center if you tried (I highly doubt this is the case).
Whatever the reason, whatever the excuse, let’s work on this together. I quickly became aware of my own shortcomings while studying *Pranayam.
When you inhale your navel point should move out while you expand fully, and then move in and up while you exhale completely. We make ourselves wider when we inhale, and longer when we exhale. So sit with a straight spine and really feel yourself raising up and elongating when you exhale, and widening to your full capacity when inhaling.
”The mind follows the breath. The key to controlling the mind is in controlling the breath.”
Again, thanks Dave for sharing.
Read Whole Post.
WHY BREATH WELL?
Consider this: (from Breathing.com)
* Science has proven that cancer is anaerobic - it does not survive in high levels of oxygen.
* Shortness of breath and heart disease are directly linked - the heart goes into spasm when it is deprived of oxygen.
* Studies have shown that there is a high correlation between high blood pressure and poor breathing.
* Most emotional issues, including anxiety and depression, result from the nervous system being out of balance. Breathing drives the nervous system.
* Optimal Breathing helps to promote weight loss. Oxygen burns fat and calories.
* Breathing well is the key to sleeping well and waking up feeling rested.
* Breathing provides 99% of your energy. Without energy, nothing works.
* Virtually every health condition and human activity is improved with Optimal Breathing.
Authored by Luna Mariem