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We all breathe. It is a central process of life. Respiration has a great physiological meaning in keeping the body in balance. It is also strongly involved in communication and our emotional expression.
To become aware of your own respiration is quite simple. This is one of the reasons why it pays off to take a look into your breathing habit. The most important basic breathing methods with which you can already generate wonderful positive energy for yourself are learned quickly and with only little effort. Your own breathing pattern changes according to mood, body position and level of rest. If you are well rested your respiration is also more harmonic and relaxed, which again has positive effects on the tension of your muscles and thus reinforces natural and holistic movements. The more synchronised and free your body works the more energy and vigour you will have left for your day.
The two basic breathing patterns of a person are the normal abdominal breathing and the so-called reverse abdominal breathing. Both are easily relearned after a short introduction. I use the term “relearned” because every person uses both of these breathing patterns in everyday life, albeit mostly unconscious. Counterproductive breathing patterns such as breathing too high in the chest, or very short breath which derive from too much stress can be dissolved. Thereby, the oxygen supply in the body improves and the reduced pressure in the chest area prevents high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.
Furthermore, conscious breathing can be used to build up strength for acute situations. The free flow of ones breath improves the ability to mentally relax and to focus more on the emotional aspect of the body. This ability is essential in order to relax after an eventful day and to help the body regenerating. Hence, you have a deeper, more relaxed sleep from which you awaken much more recovered.
Better awareness of the flow also facilitates a critical and constructive self- reflection. Thus, you will be able to see patterns and topics much better, where you might not give yourself and/ or others full freedom and hence have to deal with more stress than necessary.
Free breathing puts you into a position of better understanding and better coordination of yourself and your life in every possible aspect. Through exhalation this happens in a free and tender way and with possibilities opening up.
Advantages of conscious breathing: