Since returning to work this last month as a Licensed (Medical) Massage Therapist one of the most common issues presenting since this pandemic began is lack of deep breathing. In fact these days my experience is that most people are, energetically speaking, only about 50% in their physical bodies. Why would this be? Stress and over-worrying. Understandably so, all things considered. But the long term health affects of this situation will only spiral into numerous other physical, emotional, and mental health issues if not addressed sooner than later.
While I can work one-on-one to help people get back into their breath, back in touch with their physical body and their peaceful place, the challenge is how to reach greater numbers of people? Perhaps you will find this blog useful and pass it on to your friends and people in need, especially those with asthma and/or PTSD.
Pranayama is a gentle breathing exercise that balances the body overall. Daily practice has shown it can increase lung capacity, immunity, sleep, digestion, elimination, and reduce pain, all through the breath!
In practicing this method you may find that one sinus is easier to breathe through than the other at different times of day. Aside from any impinging sinus issues this difference is sinus capacity is perfectly normal.
I really like Kavita Maharaj’s introductory video on how and why to perform Pranayama. She careful addresses the details so you practice safely and comfortably:
And in this video she demonstrates Pranayama breathing:
In the science article linked below you can read about why nasal breathing is actually very beneficial for increasing Nitric Oxide (NO). What is it and why should you care? Nitric Oxide is a naturally occurring, colorless gas in the body that increases blood flow and vasodilation which, in turn, improves cardiovascular health, reduces risks of blood clots, and improves cognitive function. It’s also derived from certain foods, namely:
leafy greens: arugula (best nitric oxide booster of leafy greens), chard, spinach and lettuce
herbs, like parsley and dill
(food list courtesy of Mens Health Mag)
Excerpt: “Studies indicate that NO may also help to reduce respiratory tract infection by inactivating viruses and inhibiting their replication in epithelial cells.”
Science behind the benefits of nasal breathing
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4 thoughts on “Breath = Life. Are you Breathing Deep?”
I remember you taught us that when you taught yoga moons ago. I’ve watched the Pranayama breathing exercise and it feels great! I’ll add this to my daily workout routine. Thank you Regina Chante for sharing your wonderful Natural healing arts for us to learn and acknowledging us to use our own inner wisdom to heal our Ourselves and others You are the best💖😘🌸
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That’s right! I forgot about that yoga class – good times😁 so glad you enjoyed and found the links useful. Hope you’re all doing well. 💕
In these pandemaniac times, I often realize that I am holding my breath. My current focus, although an exercise in futility, has been wondering if/when Covid will be over. So, so happy that you have shared these helpers! Thank you!
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Mimah, ⭐️delighted ⭐️you like the post. I will add more as I completely agree on how easy it is to breathe too shallow. It’s like we all hold our breath wondering what the next emergency is while this one has yet to resolve. ❤️