From a physical viewpoint, breath is our connection to life. We can go without food for 30 days, without water for three days, but three minutes without breath and we experience serious harm or die. Most people think that if they are breathing in and out, they are healthy. However, we must breathe deeply and fully for our bodies to get the oxygen necessary for good health. Learning how to breathe properly can relax the body and mind. People who practice breathing exercises daily find that breathing properly alleviates stress, anger and in some cases, depression. Breathing exercises will create a greater sense of well-being.
This exercise will help you develop an awareness of your natural breathing pattern.
With practice these steps can be performed in one continuous, smooth inhalation.
This exercise cleans your lungs while stimulating and toning your entire breathing process thus refreshing your body. It may be used in conjunction with the other breathing exercises.
This is a good exercise to quickly relax you while making you feel more alert.
This breathing exercise will supply your body with the needed amount of oxygen and will alleviate some tension.
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