Our breathing is often too short and too shallow, we are not getting enough oxygen into our bodies and we are not expelling enough carbon dioxide and toxins. As a result we become oxygen starved and toxins build up in our system. This is turn effects the vitality and health of every cell in our bodies, causing endless physical symptoms.
We need to slow it down and make it deeper, a rule of nature is those animals who breathe slowly live the longest. The elephant is a great testament to that.
Chest breathing is the most common form of breathing used by people. We often feel that this is the best way for us to take a deep breath. Our chest puffs out and our lungs feel full. However this is a wrong assumption. Only the top and middle sections of our lungs are filling up. The bottom section remains empty, apart from some old air which could really do with releasing.
Generally when we are unconsciously chest breathing it is shallow and rapid. Our posture often restricts us to chest breathing only.
Stomach breathing is a much more efficient way of breathing, it fills all three sections of our lungs and the lower section is very efficient and getting vital oxygen into our system. Babies naturally breathe this way. In meditation we use both chest and stomach breathing in a smooth cycle or roll.
Why is stomach breathing important?
Breathing in general is vital in getting Oxygen around our system and to all our organs in order for them to operate efficiently.
It is also a means in which to release toxins and waste products.
It brings vital life source/Prana into your system
By filling all 3 sections of your lungs are you getting an optimum amount of oxygen into your body, also within the lower section the best oxygen exchanges occur, you are also clearing out each section on your out breath ensuring all toxins are released.
This ensures a much better working system.
Your brain requires a large amount of oxygen to operate; often effects of shallow breathing are lack of concentration, sluggishness, decreased mental capacity, dulled hearing, and depression.
Stomach breathing is also very effective for raising mood and reducing stress and tension.
Stress is a killer and correct breathing techniques have been shown to effectively reduce blood pressure in the long term.
Correct breathing slows everything down, making you calmer and more peaceful.
Stomach breathing can make you look younger. Oxygen purifies the blood, this helps in cell rejuvenation, including skin cells
It has also been shown to help PMS, Hot flashes, pain management.
Correct breathing is so important to our general health but often overlooked.
I found that mastering my breathing took me deeper into my meditations.
Without developing this first step I don't think I would have been able to learn astral travel, soul retrieval or how to access my own DMT.
Stomach Breathing – How to do it
Firstly you must always breathe through your nose; this is the most optimum way to get Prana into your system.
Also your nose is perfectly designed to keep toxins out of your system.
Lay on your back, with pillows supporting your neck and knees if required.
Until you get used to stomach breathing it is useful to start on your back. It is natural for you to use stomach breathing in this position and it is easier to notice its effects.
Rest your hands across your stomach at the bottom of your rib cage, with your middle fingers almost touching each other.
Take a deep breathe in and feel your stomach expand and your fingers separate slightly. At this point your diaphragm is pushing downwards expanding your stomach.
Slowly release all the air feeling your stomach fall as you do. Practice this for 5 minutes
Complete Breathing Technique
1. Sit up straight. Exhale.
2. Inhale and, at the same time, relax the belly muscles. Feel as though the belly is filling with air.
3. After filling the belly, keep inhaling. Fill up the middle of your chest. Feel your chest and rib cage expand.
4. Hold the breath in for a moment, and then begin to exhale as slowly as possible.
5. As the air is slowly let out, relax your chest and rib cage. Begin to pull your belly in to force out the remaining breath.
6. Close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing.
7. Relax your face and mind.
8. Let everything go.
9. Practice about 5 minutes.