In a recent post, we discussed the subject of meditation and how to practice it. But we can not talk about meditation without talking about breathing exercise because these two aspects are related. This beginner’s guide to proper breathing techniques is used in many yoga practices.
Meditation is the fusion of the mind and breath. This leads to the natural state when this fusion becomes deep and constant.
Indeed, the act of breathing, contrary to what most people think, is not just an act of inhaling and exhaling air.
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For Ramana Maharshi, the mind is the rider and the breath is the horse, the two are indissociable. By controlling your breath, you control the horse and at the same time, the rider is controlled.
It should be done in small sessions of 5 to 10 minutes. First, observe your breath, by doing this you engage the mind in one direction, the breath. You detached the mind from its activities. Therefore, by controlling the breath, you control the mind.
By controlling the breath, the mind becomes calm. Therefore, you control your thoughts. The opposite is very difficult for a beginner. You cannot control your thoughts just by observing the mind because the mind is very fleeting and abstract.
Why do you need to breathe properly?
How do we breathe? What was the last time you thought about your breathing? For most people, it is a commonplace act that they do without thinking about it.
By habit, we have adopted a short and rapid breathing which begins in the upper part of the thorax. Your chest dilates when you inhale and it contracts when you exhale. This so-called thoracic breathing is not conducive to relaxation, so it does not help you in a case of stress.
On the contrary, the deep breathing exercises located at the abdominal level can help you stay relaxed. Learn to breathe at the abdominal level is an effective way to master your emotions and regain calm.
The exercise is very easy to practice because you need only 5 to 10 minutes and a quiet place. That’s all.
The benefits are numerous because you will be able to overcome your moments of anguish and nervousness. With practice, you will be able to do your breathing exercises anywhere and anytime.
The breathing exercise will bring you a feeling of well-being. You will feel mentally lighter. This will really help you clean your lungs. If you are a smoker, it is absolutely essential. But it’s better to quit smoking, but that’s another topic.
Practicing breathing exercises
Always keep that in mind that you don’t do breathing exercise in a forced way.
Try to practice two or three sessions a day to create a habit. It is not necessary to be at home, you can also practice breathing exercise at the office but it is important that you are in a calm and comfortable place to sit.
Also, make sure that you wear casual and comfortable clothes. Keep your spine straight, relax, place your arms on your legs.
This exercise is in three stages, inhaling, retaining and exhaling. Slowly breath in through the nose by counting up to two, hold your breath counting up to four and breath out slowly through the mouth by counting up to two.
When you inhale, feel your belly fill up with air and expands to the outside, and when you breathe out, feel your stomach deflate. Breathe out until you can no longer exhale. You have to get all the air out of your lungs, so do not stop there.
Do this ten times, three times a day for a week and see how you feel.
Leave me a comment to relate your experiences of breathing exercise.
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