Breathing is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do before we die but how much importance do we give to breathing?
Unfortunately, most of us don’t think twice about our pattern of breathing, because it’s automatic and we all do it on average 20,000 times a day, but why breathing properly is so important?
The effects of inhalation and exhalation extend far beyond the physical exchange of air in and out of the body…they extend to the workings of the heart and lungs as well as to subtle molecular processes through which the body’s energy production is maintained.
We have all experienced changes in our breathing under varying circumstances such as fear, anger, sorrow and physical exertion…so each event affects the breath. If we intentionally or unconsciously alter our pattern of inhalation and exhalation, it will affect our physical and emotional state.
Becoming conscious of how you breathe, and then deliberately directing the flow of breath into your body is the single most powerful action you can take toward living a conscious life.
Hear Siobhan talk more about how like changing any habit, it takes effort to make the transition from shallow to full breathing but worth it in the end.