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Proper Breathing
What is Breathing

Ok so that’s kind of a no brainer question. Right? Riiiiight? Actually, because breathing is one of the single most natural instincts any living creature does, we really don’t take the time to stop and question this simple question. What is it? Why do we breath? And am I doing it correctly?

Proper vs. Improper Breathing
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Breathing affects virtually every part of the body. It oxygenates the body, revitalizing organs, cells and tissues.

Breathing properly:
Fuels energy production
Improves focus and concentration
Eliminates toxins
Strengthens the immune system
Improves bowel function
Reduces stress, tension and anxiety
Increases feelings of calmness and relaxation
Can lower blood pressure
Increases metabolism, aiding in digestion and weight loss.

On the other hand, not breathing correctly can cause problems for a number of systems in the body, including the immune, circulatory, endocrine and nervous systems. Improper breathing can produce a variety of symptoms including:


Mental fog
Dizziness
Numbness
Anxiety
Chest pain
Digestive problems
Irritable bowel
Neck and shoulder pain




Different methods of breathing

Surprisingly there is a great number of ways a human being can breathe. Some ways are better than others. As we go through this article you should try them.

There are two common forms of breathing. The right way which is called ‘Lower Breathing’ and the wrong way which is known as ‘Upper Breathing’...Other methods have been developed but they are more advanced and not necessary for this style of practice. Wind, Instrumentals for example require a kind of ‘Circular Breathing’ which allows the musician to play his wind instrumental with one, long, circular breath to keep the fluid flow of his melody.

The wrong way to Breath, also known as Upper Breathing is when you breath from your chest. This actions happens when we breath inwards and our chest

 

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