Thursday, January 19, 2012

Balanced Breath

Balanced Breath

The Importance of Breath

Breath is Life. Most of us spend our lives breathing just enough to survive. What do you imagine would happen if we chose to “consciously” breathe ~ to balance the breaths we take and become aware of each life giving drop of oxygen? One of the first things I learned about breathing in my journey to wellness was that a high oxygen environment is the killing fields of all disease. With that in mind I set out to not only breathe but breathe to heal ~ to be well ~ to be whole.

There is much scientific research and ancient wisdom regarding the importance of breath. First to share some of what I have found and then what I have learned. In this it is my sincere hope that you too will learn to balance breath, to choose to consciously breathe for health ~ to be whole.

In the article “10 Ways to Detoxify Your Body” Gaiam Life, the number 5 recommendation is to Breathe Deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through the entire body. 

In the article “Deep Breathing…It’s Easy When You Don’t Try” from TLC they explain that breathing oxygenates every cell of your body from your brain to vital organs. Without sufficient oxygen your body becomes more susceptible to health problems. In contrast, deep breathing raises levels of blood oxygen, promoting health in many ways from stimulating the digestive process to improving fitness and mental performance. Even alternative health icon Dr. Andrew Weil says “if I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.”

It is obvious that breath is not only important to life but important to a healthy life.  One may breathe and survive but how does one breathe for a healthy life?   The difference between breathing to survive and breathing to live well is in the balance of breath.

Balanced Breath

Balanced Breath is exactly what it says…balancing the inhalation and exhalation of breath.  This is not necessarily a natural act and in most cases requires conscious training to become habit. Why is balanced breath so important?  Because balance in all things creates an environment in which wellness can exist.  Balance in breath is an opportunity to achieve balance in all other things.  If one can achieve balance in breath one may achieve balance in life itself.

Regina Ann is a Usui Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher, 
Trauma Release Therapy Master Practitioner and Teacher, 
Shaman, Whole Wellness Consultant,
Life Balance Coach, Author, Poet and Public Speaker, 
Mother to three sons and
Twin Flame Soul Mate to Rich Bentz.

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