To put it simply,
Deep breathing means - Adopting a habit of breathing deeply.
From your nostril not from your mouth. That's it !
Normally most people (
i.e. almost 95 % of all of us) who are leading a sedentary life style
and working on jobs that
requires 'using their heads' all
day long, the outcome of a busy, complex and demanding life is
somewhat like this:
No energy in the end of the day, mental sluggishness,
dilapidated bodies, greater
susceptibility to germ and infections,
wear-and-tear of the entire body, more work for the heart,
irregular blood pressure, tensions in body and nerves etc.
Remember this important fact:
function properly, our brain needs three times more oxygen than
the rest of our organs; and unless this is provided it will try
to appropriate its supply by drawing on the over-all allotment !
This explains why so many city people, working at sedentary jobs, doing
mental work all day long, tend to become
dilapidated and have greater susceptibility to germ and infections than
persons who lead active outdoor lives. Sedentary individuals are
permanently oxygen-starved. Yet this situation can be avoided at will.
Breathing is an activity which is
indispensable for our existence. Nobody can live without breathing as
the oxygen is the life blood of all organisms on earth.
However, most of us breath in a shallow manner. The
inhalation and exhalation of air in and out of body occurs on a
very superficial level in most of us. People just don’t care to inhale
deeply since they don't find any compulsive urge to do so.
Though not breathing deeply does not harm us directly, it has its own
long term negative effects on our body.
What happen when we do not adopt correct breathing:
As the average person reaches middle age, lung tissues tend to grow less and less elastic. Years of improper breathing take their toll. The chest itself has a tendency to grow rigid The consequences is an accumulation of uric acid in the blood stream which often leads to those vague syndromes of pain and discomfort that doctors in general diagnose with a shrug as the miseries of aging, which they can cheerfully advise you to learn to live with since nothing can be done about them.
Backaches, headaches, stiffening muscles and joints, neuritis, rheumatism are some of the more common of these complaints. Excess fat is another, for as we begin to grow old and proper circulation is impeded by a sluggish diaphragm or hardening arteries, the red blood corpuscles become distributed unevenly and fat accumulates in spots instead of being burned up.
However, all of these complaints may be avoided, or at least considerably retarded, if only we learn to breath scientifically. Deep breathing (along with Deep Contraction) also has a direct salutary effect on Obesity,
Since the cleansing, stimulating action of deep breathing improves metabolism and that, in turn, transforms deposits of fat into body fuel, or added energy.
incorporate a habit of deep breathing in your busy, complex and
demanding life and all the above negative outcomes of it will vanish like a
Air is everything
is nourishment to our bodies just as much as food and drink. Air gives
our blood the supply of oxygen it must have in order to feed itself so
that it may, in turn, feed the tissues, nerves, glands and vital organs.
Without it our skin, bones, teeth and hair could not remain in
condition. Our digestion-the process of utilizing the food we eat-fails
at once without a proper supply of oxygen to the blood. Even our
thinking processes are slowed down without
intake and exhalation of fresh air-which is the reason mental
sluggishness overtakes us in an ill-ventilated room
a single day we breath about 23,000 times. The average volumes of air
taken in with a single breath is about 20 cubic inches, depending on a
person's size, sex, posture, the nature of the surrounding atmosphere
and one's physical and emotional state. However, with proper attention
given to the breathing, this volume may be increased to 100 or even 130
cubic inches per breath.
In other words,
reorientation of your breathing
habits can provide you with 5 times the oxygen and rid you of five times the carbon dioxide, with
which you habitually function.
I shall describe how you can perform such a careful orientation of
your breathing habits and start breathing deeply in an
before that I want to give a simple explanation of our breathing