Happy Healthy and Fit

Monday, October 3, 2011

Victorious Breath: Stop Catching it Start STRETCHING it!

Change your Breath and Change your Life.

The act of conscious breathing is the single most powerful method to transform the body on a cellular level. It is the magic key to unlock infinite healing of mind body and spirit. Being Happy Healthy and Fit begins by honoring your breath, honoring your life. Daily conscious breathing is truly a selfless act of Victory.

We often hear of people suffering of shortness of breath. At the scene of an accident, the first question is always, is the victim breathing? Why? Breath is the indication of life.

When the mind is agitated there is an immediate effect on the breath. When the breath is agitated, there is an effect on the mind. The ancient yogis found that learning to control the breath calms the mind and allows for transformation for inner peace and stillness. The alternative is the lazy breath that fills only the chest. I cannot help but wonder if this shallow breathing contributes to the shallow and fleeting thoughts. On a deeper level, if a deep breath calms and stills the mind, is it possible that a shallow breath scatters it and contributes to things such as ADD and constant distractions?

We may not be able to control our circumstances, but we can learn to control our response to them. An untrained mind will react instantly upon hearing undesirable news. This reaction may be just a subtle shift in breathing hardly noticeable. However, when the breath picks up the heart rate picks up and creates unnecessary strain on the body.

The amazing thing is there is one thing you can do everyday to alter your health on a cellular level. Breathe. Breathing with awareness stretches your lung capacity and allows for more fresh oxygenated blood to be pumped through your body. Conscious breathing is known to aerate the lungs, remove phlegm, increase endurance and soothe the nervous system. Learning to breathe deep into the belly will even stimulate digestion and flush out toxins.

As people begin to age, their breath gets shorter and shorter. This is literally the result of shrinking lungs. The breath becomes shallow. A person's last breath is a gasp for air. If you or someone you know is busy trying to catch their breath, take a moment to stretch your breath. If you have time to study stock tickers, check sports scores or see what's happening on TMZ, you have just enough time to practice your conscious breathing.

Your lungs would like to be bigger to serve you better. Attending a yoga, tai chi or meditation class would be very beneficial to ultimately prolonging your life. If that is not possible just take a moment even right now to practice breathing all the way into your lower abdomen and holding that breath before you gently release it. Doing this one small conscious act of extended breathing everyday will actually stretch your lungs and stretch your life.

A short breath is a victim's breath. A long breath is a Victorious breath. Being Happy Healthy and Fit means learning to control what you can control and letting the rest go. Control your breath and release your thought.

Sit cross-legged or straight up in chair, soften your eye lids, relax your shoulders and breath in to a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4 and hold for a count of 4. Repeat 10 times and shorten or lengthen the count according to your lung capacity.


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