Breathing heals on many levels and understanding how it performs this function is good for our mental and physical well-being
Our breath constantly converts our life-sustaining energy, taking in oxygen, invigorating red blood cells, and expelling carbon dioxide, which is a metabolic waste product.
– Improves the respiratory system: it helps to release tension in the diaphragm and primary breathing muscles, relieving many long-term respiratory issues such as asthma and breathlessness.
– Release muscle tension: When we are stressed or experience uncomfortable feelings such as anger or pain, our breath becomes shallow and our muscle tissues contract. Deep breathing helps to release this.
– Affects our mental state: The quality of our breath helps to relax the mind and enhance the ability to learn, focus, concentrate, and memorize. The brain requires a great deal of oxygen to function and an increased intake of oxygen helps us to achieve clarity and feel grounded and productive. It also relieves stress, anxiety, depression, and negative thought patterns. The benefits of breathing properly can help us overcome addictive patterns of behavior and eating disorders, as well as igniting creativity and passion.