Humans typically take about 25,000 breaths per day — often without a second thought. But COVID-19 has made us think more about the breaths we so often take for granted. Yoga has made an art of breathing. Join us for Yoga everyday here on Facebook LIVE and breathe easier...and here are three things you can breathe into right now: 1. Nose breathing is better than mouth breathing The nose filters, heats and treats raw air. Most of us know that. But so many of us don't realize how [inhaling through the nose] can trigger different hormones to flood into our bodies, how it can lower our blood pressure ... how it monitors heart rate ... even helps store memories. So it's this incredible organ that ... orchestrates innumerable functions in our body to keep us balanced.
2. Breath affects anxiety People with anxieties or other fear-based conditions typically will breathe way too much. So what happens when you breathe that much is you're constantly putting yourself into a state of stress. So you're stimulating that sympathetic side of the nervous system. And the way to change that is to breathe deeply. If you're stressed out thinking you're going to get hit by a car, you breathe, breathe, breathe as much as you can to get the fight or flight response going. But breathing slowly is associated with a relaxation response. The diaphragm lowers, you're allowing more air into your lungs and your body immediately switches to a relaxed state.
3. Exhaling helps you relax The exhale is a parasympathetic response. Right now, put your hand over your heart. If you take a very slow inhale in, you're going to feel your heart speed up. As you exhale, you should be feeling your heart slow down. Exhaling relaxes the body. And something else happens when we take a very deep breath like this. The diaphragm lowers when we take a breath in, and that sucks a huge profusion of blood into the thoracic cavity. As we exhale, that blood shoots back out through the body. Increased blood flow feels like increased well being riverflow-yoga.com ... See MoreSee Less
What if you relaxed and trusted your body... you might find that it knows how to heal you on so many levels.
What if you could manage your anxious thoughts? Would your resulting actions be more effective for you and everyone around you?
Take three deep breaths. Your first step is soothing yourself. Water your plants. Walk your dog. Sip tea. Sit outside and breathe deeply within yourself.
Give your inner drill sergeant some time off. Or fire her altogether. She isn't relevant anymore.
Little by little, subtract attention from peace-stealing activities and be curious about what replaces that frantic feeling in your gut.
A deep well of energy.
A calm certainty.
A mindful steadiness rather than knee-jerk reactions.
Put aside fear.
Find the courage to stop running and raging.
Get rebellious about caring.
DO YOGA: Riverflow Yoga is being offered to you FREE on FACEBOOK LIVE. We are reaching out online to help you into a new world of spaciousness. Move your body, focus your mind, find this way of regaining control by letting go