By Michael Grant White (used by permission.)
There are many benefits to doing true passive aerobic breathing. Optimal breathing can become a wonderful tool, helping you to
- relax and reduce stress,
- improve your skin tone,
- sleep better,
- as well as losing inches and weight.
We have been breathing incorrectly for so long that we are not aware of how to breathe to receive maximum benefits from each breath. Once we re-learn how to breathe correctly we can use the breath when it is most needed during stress. Many of you are aware that you normally take shallow, minimal breaths, just barely enough to survive.
Most people only use about twenty percent of their lung capacity. Tests have been done over and over again to determine how much of our brain cells we actually use. Other test have been done to see how our organs such as our lungs function. It is remarkable that we are all using a very limited portion of our potential in all these areas. Seventy percent of elimination from your body is through breathing. When we allow our bodies to accumulate toxins we are inviting illness and disease. Medical testing has proven again and again that the missing link in those with Cancer and other serious diseases is simply oxygen.
So why is it that something that is so simple to do, that requires no other tool other than our own bodies is so neglected. My theory is that we have been programmed to believe that nothing as simple and easy as breathing could possibly make that much of a difference. In all of my years as a breathing development specialist I have heard time and time again, “How can you lose weight with just breathing better?”
In simple terms, aerobic means to get enough oxygen into the bloodstream to convert to fuel to burn fat. We have again been programmed to believe that aerobic means running around a room and jumping up and down. What most people don’t realize is that people who do this type of exercise have to do it consistently for about 20 minutes to put the body into an aerobic state. Unfortunately you are tearing down your knees and backs at t he same time. Walking is great but why the jumping and running? If you jump up and down, or run long enough, at least 20 minutes, you will breathe hard enough to get the oxygen flowing into your bloodstream. Optimal Breathing techniques, exercises and recommended products FOCUS PRIMARILY ON THE BREATH.
We concentrate the oxygen flow so that the body begins the aerobic process of flooding the bloodstream with oxygen in a few minutes so the results are dramatically improved. At the same time we can flex or stretch the muscles we wish to target for inch loss, or toning to draw the oxygen to that point like a bee to honey. The oxygen will rush to the point of stress to heal, thus toning and firming those muscles. Breathing correctly can bring on a state of elevated emotions. The reason for this is the endorphin high that runners speak of. It is the same high that you get when you do the Breathing Exercise #2, Basic, or other Optimal Breathing Programs.
You are releasing these endorphins, into the brain. Some remarkable changes in people occur in those suffering with severe panic attacks to others suffering frommigraine headaches. It has been called life changing by many, and I am one of those who can personally attest to the powerful benefits that can accompany flooding your body with oxygen by doing just a few of the Optimal Breathing exercises daily.
Other benefits of true passive aerobic breathing is the reduction of water retention and changes in your skin that may cause those who know you to accuse you of having a face lift. You may become what some people call “radiant” after a 30 minute session. This is one reason I nicknamed it The Tibetan Caffeine. Much of this “radiance” is due to more efficient elimination of toxins and waste plus increased blood flow and oxygen rich blood to the face.
If you can become aware of your breathing patterns and incorporate your daily Optimal Breathing regimen into your daily routine, such as sitting at your computer you will be impressed and amazed at the power you have right there within your own body. The power to breathe your way to a healthier and happier life.
Now, Stand, sit or lie down.
- Bring your thumbs over your kidney area(s) (right above your waste on each side of your back) about level with your navel. Wrap your fingers around your sides to front of your belly.
- Gently squeeze your fingers and thumbs together and then breathe in to the pressure you make with your fingers and thumbs.Good.
- Now breathe slowly into the pressure you feel from your fingers and thumbs but do it with a silent four-second count 1,2,3,4.
- Immediately breathe out slowly with a 5 second -1,2,3,4,5 count.
- Without hesitating, repeat the pattern, and then again and again for ten times.
Did this make you feel better? Did it make you feel more relaxed, calm, focused, energized or anything you interpret as good?
Just one of the immediate benefits of proper Oxygen intake. If you can remember to regularly practice proper breathing technique, the benefits are many and can be immediate. What could be more simple? What could be more natural?
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Page last updated February 26, 2017