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EP 44: The Importance of a Daily Breath Focused Practice

The Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing

In this episode Lisa discusses proper breathing technique  and why it is so very important for health.

The benefit list is long.

But most people in our modern society don’t breath properly i.e. diaphragmatic breathing for a number of reasons.

The benefits

Proper breathing helps with:

relieving anxiety, stress and tension

can stop panic attacks

Helps our psychological state and helps us to control our emotions and change our emotions.
Helps detoxify the body.

Helps to optimally oxygenate the body and all its organs which helps with healing, longevity and health in general.

Leads to more inner peace, focus and mind and thought control.

Helps athletes to optimal performance in their sports strengthens the important diaphragm muscle which tends to weaken as we get older.

Breathing only in the upper chest stimulates the panic receptors, breathing into the stomach activates the calming receptors there and activates the parasympathetic nervous system.

Using the diaphragm muscle helps massage and move the inner organs and helps with digestion and detoxification.

Helps you control your anger, fear and anxiety to face more and bigger challenges without freezing or panicking.

Can help lower the release of stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline in the bloody stream.
Stop overuse of the upper chest muscles and intercostals (which happens when we just breath into the upper 1/3 of our lungs). This can lead to tight and shortened muscles in the neck, shoulders and chest.

Deep diaphragmatic breathing helps us deal with pain and breath through it. When we stop breathing or hold our breath because we are in pain, it gets worse.

Diaphragmatic breathing strengthens your lungs, it doesn’t increase lung capacity but makes them stronger and strengthens the primary breathing muscles.

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