A Doctor’s Advice: Tips For Breathing Easy
You may think you breathing is easy, but studies have shown that the majority of people spend their lives starved of oxygen!
Breathing may seem natural and instinctual – a vital reflex that transports oxygen into your bloodstream – but over time, our natural breath rhythms have become dysfunctional.
Dr. Ela Manga explains: “Conditioning has meant that people’s breathing patterns are disordered, which has a direct impact on our metabolism, how we communicate, our emotions. It affects every aspect of our lives.
“Think about it: How many times a day are you holding your breath without realizing it? The repressed intake of oxygen causes a build up of stress in the body, this becomes tapped and our modern diets are simply adding to that tension.”
This is a state of hyperventilation and means we’re just not breathing deeply enough, that we exhale too much carbon dioxide and lower the levels of the gas in our bodies. Haemoglobin can’t function properly, nor can oxygen be delivered adequately in an environment starved of carbon dioxide.
Dr. Manga believes that when we become more conscious of our breathing and take longer, deeper breaths, it will improve the way we think about ourselves and our bodies. A deep inhalation through the nose warms and humidifies the breath, optimizing it for use in the body. There are many breath work techniques that can be taught, but Dr. Manga recommends trying these simple exercises to bring huge changes in perception and well being.
Start by tracking the sensations in your body as you breathe.
What are you experiencing? What feelings and emotions come up?
Become aware of your breathing and consciously take a few deep sighs. This is also the skill of present moment awareness. When you allow yourself time to be with your feelings and your breath and you allow them to move, the emotions, feelings or thoughts will lose control over you.
Calming: Basic Square Breathing
This technique helps you to gain clarity on a stressful situation and you’ll become less negatively reactive.
- In a safe, quiet place, sit or lie comfortably
- Then, breathing through your nose inhale deeply for a count of four
- Hold that breath for a four-count
- Exhale through your nose for a four-count
- Hold for a four-count before inhaling again
- Repeat until you feel calm and refreshed
For the last decade, Dr. Ela Manga has crafted a methodology in her practice that is more integrated and intuitive.
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