times, life, “breathe”

How many times in your life has someone told you to “breathe”. Your Dr. tells you to take a deep breath. The ultrasound technician tells to you take a deep breath and hold it. The X-ray technician tells you to take a deep breath and hold it.

Your exercise coach tells you, “don’t forget to breathe. ” But you already knew that didn’t you. After all you have been doing it, without even thinking about it, ever since you were born. It doesn’t matter if you’re exercise is doing Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, you are almost always told to breathe.

We are all familiar with hearing someone say, “I’m just holding my breath that this or that happens or doesn’t happen or don’t hold your breath until it does. It is easily observed that when someone is under stress they have a tendency to restrain their breathing and to relax, it helps a lot to take ten deep breaths to relax. It helps to bring about balance in the body as well as the mind. We breath in to fill the lungs with oxygen and breath out to expel carbon dioxide so it is just as important to exhale completely and empty the lungs as it is to fill them.

You may have observed that people often do a better job of breathing when they are sleeping than when they are awake. Sleep should be a great balancing and healing time for the body and mind. Oriental exercise traditions make breathing a prominent factor. Yin and Yang ideally are equally balanced in the body and just as imbalanced breathing indicates imbalance in the body, consciously balancing and enhancing the breathing process acts to restore balance in blood pressure, digestion and all other internal.

functions. “Deep exhaling  can stimulate the parasympathetic nerves. The exitatory sympathetic nerves promote the blood vessels to dilate and therefore have the function of bringing down blood pressure. Deep inhaling can stimulate the sympathetic nerves.

The exitatory sympathetic nerves promote the blood vessels to contract and function to elevate blood pressure. The alteration between deep exhaling and inhaling produces the diastole and systole of the blood vessels and enhances the elasticity of their walls. ”  Chinese Qigong Therapy, Shandong Science And Technology Press, Jinan, China, 1985 I hope you can see from this description breathing how the breath, parasympathetic, sympathetic nervous systems, the blood vessels as well as the heart all work together to help propel the blood through a healthy body. This is true of all body systems working in a  harmony that mean the difference between health and sickness.

When all systems are go, it means bubbling energy and a feeling of well being.

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