How To Reduce Stress, Calm Your Mind, And Relax Your Nervous System By Changing The Way You Breathe!
One thing every living thing on this planet and is that they need to breathe in some manner. But breathing is not just required to live. It is also required to live well and healthily. Did you know that you can use breathing exercises for stress relief as well as many other health and emotional issues that you may encounter in your life?
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Yes, just simple breathing techniques, deep breathing exercises can change your life. Breathing is an autonomic function and is mostly ignored by you and almost everyone else. That is until you can’t or have any issues altering your ability to take in that required oxygen that we all need to stay alive.
You can miss a meal, you can miss going for a walk, you can miss a night’s sleep, you can even skip a heartbeat. However, you can never miss a breath. If you do that’s it for this life journey, you die.
I am being blunt because I want to impress upon you how important this mostly ignored bodily function is. Now that I have your attention let us explore some different breathing practices that will help make your life so much more.
“Breathing in, let golden light come into you through your head because it is there that the Golden Flower is waiting. That golden light will help. It will cleanse your whole body and will make it absolutely full of creativity.” Osho
Conscious Breathing Techniques
How can breathing in a different manner benefit you?
As you breathe and take in oxygen. You then exhale and what comes out is carbon dioxide. This is the simple science of it. As you breathe your heart rate changes.
Inhalation causes your heart rate to go up slightly and on exhalation, it goes back down slightly. The oxygen that you inhale is used by your body is a form of fuel that your body uses to create energy.
Too much oxygen and your body will have too much energy and your internal furnace may go a little haywire and cause oxidative stress which may be detrimental to your cells and tissue. Too little fuel, not enough oxygen, and your body will not be able to create the energy you need to live.
When have you been taught to breathe properly or remember being told of the benefits that come with doing so? Probably never.
As you run or exert your self you cause an increase in the amount of oxygen entering your system giving it more fuel and this will increase energy.
The opposite is true as you slow down the breathing process. You will take in less oxygen which in turn will relax you as well as reduce blood pressure an important positive health benefit.
The issue is that most individuals tend to allow their breathing to be erratic at times and this may have unpleasant negative effects.
Too much oxygen in the body from forced over-breathing can cause oxidative stress that may lead to:
- cellular damage
- arterial plaque and corrosion
- free radicals that attack your system which lead to DNA and protein issues which can cause cell death
- Autoimmune issues
Too little oxygen in the body from not breathing deeply enough may lead to:
- sad moods
- lack of energy
- lack of motivation
Deep Breathing And Breathwork Training
As you can see there are so many benefits to creating a balanced state of carbon dioxide and oxygen in your body. The answer to how this is done is controlled breathing. Yes actually learning how to become conscious of your breathing and to do so regularly.
There are forms of breathing you can learn to help with many of the issues you can run into in your life:
- breathing exercises for anxiety
- breathing techniques for anxiety
- yoga breathing exercises
- breathing techniques for running
- breathing techniques for sleep
One form of this breathing style is called Soma Breathing. Soma Breathing uses deep breathing techniques along with music to create a form of breathing meditation. This is easily learned and the benefits are many.
Today we have a special guest, Aditya Jaykumar Iyer, to talk about this wonderful and healthful form of breathing, Soma Breathing.
AJ, as he is commonly referred to, is the host and founder of the podcast My Seven Chakras, which has received over 4 million downloads in over 150 countries. On completing an MBA at the University of British Columbia, he realized that he didn’t want to take the traditional route, but instead embark on an entrepreneurial journey based on kindness, ancient wisdom, healing, and spirituality.
Over the years, he has accumulated skills and experiences in energy healing, meditation, breathwork, and other practices that have transformed his life and the lives that he’s come in contact with. He’s a certified SOMA breathwork instructor, and he loves using ancient Yoga breathing exercises and practices with rhythmical euphoric music and scientific research to help people calm their minds, heal their chakras, relax their nervous system, experience deep states of bliss, and ultimately discover their life’s purpose.
Join us on this episode of Unlocking Your Truth, Breathing Exercises For Stress Reduction, The Soma Breath Protocol as we diss the many benefits of Soma Breathing with Aditya Jaykumar Iyer.
Here are some of the questions we ask AJ during our interview with him:
- What made you begin your spiritual journey?
- Talk to us about your childhood/How was life like in your household/Did your parents encourage spirituality?
- What made you start a podcast? Where did that inspiration come from?
- Why should we breathe consciously?
- What is the ‘myth of oxygen’ that you often talk about? Tell us more about this myth.
- What is intermittent hypoxia, and what does it have to do with healing?
- How can our listeners relax and ‘switch off’ stress?
- What does Yoga tell us about breathwork?
- Why do you think breathwork is so important especially today when we’re amid a global pandemic?
- What are some different breathing techniques that you teach and how are they different?
- What is one advice you have for people listening right now?
- What are your plans ahead?
- What is the correct way of breathing? Any advice for listeners?
You can learn more about AJ and Soma Breathing at https://www.mysevenchakras.com
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