We don’t consider it, but breathing is important. Now you’re thinking, “What’s up with this chick? Of course breathing is important!” I’m referring to conscious breath, awareness. Just like our heart automatically beating, we often take the breath for granted.
Deep conscious breathing has many benefits, including:
- Forcing your lungs to take in more oxygen, while expelling more carbon dioxide.
- Expanding the diaphragm muscle, which helps stimulate your lymphatic system, which helps rid your body of toxins.
- Stress reduction and help with weight loss.
- Creating awareness in the body.
Try an experiment: Inhale and exhale. Now stand, take an inhale, and as you are inhaling, reach your hands up towards the sky, and down to your side in a circular motion. Repeat this again, except as you bring your hands up, think of bringing the energy of the room in towards you, as you bring your hands to prayer position in front of your chest. Now lower hands to the floor, palms down.
Notice a difference between all of those?
How are you feeling now?
Pretty darn good, I bet. Energized, focused, and centered. That last breath can be found in yoga, tai chi, and numerous other practices.
So before you go get your energy from a cup of coffee or a sugary treat, take a breath.
To your health and happiness,