We have all heard about the benefits of deep breathing for our wellbeing, to improve the functioning of our respiration system and to calm our anxiety. However, how do we practice deep breathing when the air is contaminated with pollutants that make breathing difficult? Here is a deep breathing method that can help.
Our intentions have a profound impact on our well-being. Next time you take a deep breath, approach it mindfully with intention. Transform shallow, superficial breathing into something more profound and revitalizing. In this deep breathing method, instead of trying to breathe a bigger breath, the key lies in taking the same amount of breath we naturally inhale and allowing it to become thin and deep. Imagine the breath as a liquid, flowing through a slender tube deep into your abdomen. By envisioning this path, we can elongate the breath, making it travel inward instead of expanding outward.
Consider the analogy of a liquid passing through a funnel. If the funnel is wide, the liquid rushes through quickly. However, when the funnel is narrow, the liquid takes its time to traverse the path. Similarly, this deep breathing method involves stretching out the breath, without the need to breathe excessively. Instead, focus on what feels natural to you, allowing the breath to flow effortlessly.
To achieve this thin and deep breath, it is crucial to release tension in the torso. Tensions act as barriers, preventing the breath from penetrating deeply. By consciously relaxing the chest and torso, we create a clear pathway for the breath to reach the abdomen and rise back up. This extended journey elongates the breath cycle, fostering a sense of tranquility and vitality.
As the breath sinks down into the abdomen, it establishes a profound connection with our body’s movements. Harmonizing the rise and fall of the body with each breath becomes effortless. In this state of alignment, we conserve energy and experience a heightened sense of comfort in our breathing.
Remember, intention holds the key to unlocking the potential of deep breathing and achieving harmony within our bodies. By cultivating a focused and relaxed mindset, we can guide the flow of our body’s energy, leading to better respiration, calmer and more focused thinking, and overall health and well-being.