The Importance of Breathing
Breathing can be described as ourinherent respiration, of which we are often not aware. Yet, thisaction helps us greatly since, logically, without breathing air,we cannot possibly exist. Therefore, these are reasons enough for thejustification of this life-giving action. However, often, most of usdo not breathe properly, or use smaller portions of our lungs inorder to reduce breathing to a minimum, without even being aware ofthis fact. Nevertheless, proper breathing is crucial for the properfunctioning of our organism. Both physical and mental aspects of ourexistence, rely greatly upon proper respiration. We need to enableour body enough oxygen while expelling sufficient amounts of carbondioxide. If this does not happen, we are bound to experience somenegative effects, often reflecting on our physical and mental healthas well. Therefore, improper breathing may lead to many differentillnesses, spanning from depression all the way to heart problems.
How To Breathe Properly?
First of all, you have to relax.Therefore, lie down in a comfortable place like a clean bed in apeaceful room and start breathing, remaining conscious of the action.Note that you should not influence the breathing patterns of yours inany way. Only, you need to be aware of them and activate yourconsciousness during the action.
Then, to relax even further, you mightstart counting in your mind, during your breathing exercise. Namely,two numbers per inhaling and two following numbers while exhaling.You might continue this action until you count to 100, or you mightstop somewhere before this number.
The next exercise is done while sittingwith your back straight. Then, you are to breathe in while countingto four, hold your breath while counting to four again and breatheout. This way, you will distribute oxygen to all parts of your body.
Additionally, you might considerpracticing deep breathing. This type of breathing involves ourdiaphragm instead of chest, during breathing. Lie down in acomfortable position, place your hand on your diaphragm area, whichis the part of your stomach below the bellybutton, and startbreathing deeply, so as to feel your hand being lifted while inhalingand lowered while exhaling.
Finally, you might involve your chestinto deep breathing when you lie down on the ground, with your handsand legs widely spread and breathe stretching your chest during theprocess. Make sure you expand your lungs and contract them completelyafterwards.
Yoga also has many breathing techniqueswhich may be useful for these purposes. You might try to breatherelaxed and then suddenly breathe quickly and forcefully, or inhalethrough one nostril and exhale through the other. There are morePranayama exercises of this type and if you are interested, you canlook further into them.