If you are feeling stressed out, stop and take 10 deep breaths...it really does help! Then focus your mind on one thing and one thing only; things are only overwhelming when you look at them all at once. ~ B. Dave Walters
Breathing right is the single most important thing you can do to improve your life. It will help you live a longer, more energetic, and stress-free life. ~ Sheldon Saul Hendler, MD, PhD - The Oxygen Breakthrough
I read an article the other day suggesting that many people have dropped their New Year's resolutions by January 17. If this might be you, rejoice in the fact that you are not alone. And keep breathing. It is, after all, the single most important thing you can do for yourself, any time. (And if it's not you, congratulations. And keep breathing :)
It may seem strange, but as adults we have generally forgotten how to breathe well, with unfortunate results. We hunch over our computers all day long, with sunken collapsed chests and tight shoulders. Not a pretty picture. And it feels terrible! (I know this because I am sitting at my computer right now, chest collapsed and shoulders tight. Excuse me while I straighten up to breathe - thanks!)
What needs to happen for us to breathe well? More on that in a minute - let's first look at the remarkable changes in our bodies and minds when we breathe well. The chest and rib cage open more fully, with the following benefits:
The ancient yogis have said that a person's lifespan is measured in number of breaths, not time. The fewer the breaths one takes, the longer the lifespan. Modern research confirms this. People with greater vital capacity (the amount of air that can be expelled out of the lungs after a deep inhale) have a greater life expectancy.
How to increase vital capacity and breathe well? Try this.
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