Breath: Correct faulty breathing to restore all area of health
Director of Life Rocks
What if I told you that by focusing on breathing better, you could: lose weight, sleep better, be less anxious, be more alert when you need to be, more relaxed when you want to be, make better love, perform better at work and overall feel better in every single way. Would you believe that breathing right can do all of that? Breathwork is trendy right now, but what does it all mean, and how can it benefit me? I know, as soon as you hear the term “breathwork”, your heart sinks. You started thinking about Wim Hof sitting in a bath of ice, smirking at you. You started replaying those annoying sighs that people do at the end of yoga class. You already “know how to breathe, thanks – I’ve been doing it my whole life”. You are already feeling anxious about having to do any breathing things. But just stop overthinking it, and breathe. Breathe in through your nose. Slowly. Deeply. Allow your diaphragm to expand. Relax tightness in your chest. Breathe out through your nose. Slow it down. Relax. Now, do it again. We are going to keep it simple for you. Don’t worry; the way to get healing breath in your life isn’t abstract, yoga fuelled or needing tubs of ice. Attaining a healing breath takes awareness of a few simple truths and a little bit of practical knowledge – no incense or mantra required. First, we need to know why breathing “wrong” ruins our health. Second, we need to know what breathing “right” is. Then we can resume our life, breathing how we ought to and experiencing the health gains we deserve because of it. Breathing was meant to be simple. Automatic. Fluid. Easy. But, society, culture and the mad modern world, once again, have forgotten about important things, you know, like how to breathe. Simple things have become hard.
Asthma is common. Sleep apnoea is common. Respiratory illness abounds. But it doesn’t have to be common. Among Nature-dwelling people and animals – respiratory illness is unknown or rare. So, where have we gone wrong? Stress shuts down our bodies' natural breath. Ever heard of “fight or flight mode”? When our stress response activates, we start breathing from our upper chest, more like panting than breathing. This adaptation to stress helps us in running away from threats, maximising oxygen volume. Yet, modern humans aren’t running away from threats, but our body still thinks we are. Instead of defending ourselves against Neanderthals, warring tribes, baboons etc we are defending ourselves against: stress. Stress comes in many forms: relationships, work, lifestyle, toxins, spiritual crises, tragedy and more. But to the body, all stress is the same. So when stress happens, breathing becomes dysregulated. Repeat this dysregulation through time, and then we get faulty breathing patterns. This results in more stress, and the negative feedback loop continues –resulting in apnoea, asthma, etc. So, how do we break the cycle? By consciously directing the breathing back to what is good for calming our nervous system. What is it? Nose breathing is the answer. Now, I’m going to tell you how to do it. Remember this simple sentence for the rest of your life, and you will become 10% healthier, at least. I guarantee it. But, to get the results, you can never forget it. Its implications are beyond massive. Are you ready for it? It's going to shock you. Here it comes . . . “breathe in through your nose, breathe out through your nose, and always, slow it down”. That’s it.
The secrets to yogi-level breathwork without the fuss. Now, I hear some yogis crying out, “But what about breath of fire?” or “What about pranayama?” and sure, go for it – go nuts. Breathe all of the types of breaths you can breathe and more. But you cannot build a castle without a foundation. Doing breathwork sessions is only going to be so effective if your basic breath is off track. Here is an extra pro tip for the A+ students. Ready? “lips together, teeth together, tongue on the roof of your mouth” Recommended by world-class dentists for facial and respiratory health. You can’t help but breathe through the nose like this.