5 things I request everyone to focus on first and foremost IN THIS LOCKDOWN! I will be covering all 5 topics in the coming days. Just do it & enjoy your life. I can not say how many advantages/benefits you will get. Guys just try .
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1) Breath; – Completed & Mailed
2) Chew 40 times;
5) Habits over Goals;
Have you ever noticed that when you are under stress or are tensed, your heart rate goes up and your breaths are shallow?
Have you ever noticed when on a vacation or when you are listening to slow romantic music, your heart rate goes down and your breaths are longer/ calmer and full of serenity?
What I wish to share with you is that you can train your brain and your body by practicing breathing exercises, by controlling your breath. If you keep practicing slow breathing, you will be calmer during times of stress.
And the good part is, this happens in every other field. If you practice spending less and saving more, you will be less stressed during stock market crashes or recessions. Trust Me.
It is as they say is the Spartan warrior credo – “Sweat more in practice, bleed less in war.”
You generally don’t care about breathing because it is generally a process we do not have to focus on. It happens involuntarily. But if I could only emphasize at the importance of mastering a skill! Don’t believe me yet? Look at the links below, the research done, only on breathing!
And like in the first video below (by Joe DiStefano) you can note that on average the human body can live without food for 3 weeks! 3 days without water! But only 3 minutes without Air!
Some video links for reference:
– BREATHE. | Joe DiStefano | TEDxLugano (my personal favorite, you will learn lots of things from this video);
Benefits of some breathing exercises:
1) Anulom Vilom Pranayama (alternate nostril breathing): Daily pranayama trains the lungs and improves the capacity of the respiratory system immensely. Pranayama directly works on the nervous system. Daily Pranayama positively affects the autonomic nervous system which controls and governs essential functions of the body like heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure, etc.
2) Kapalabhati: Kapalabhati is invigorating and warming. It helps to cleanse the lungs, sinuses, and respiratory system, which can help to prevent illness and allergies. Regular practice strengthens the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. This exercise also increases your body’s oxygen supply, which stimulates and energizes the brain while preparing it for meditation and work that requires high focus.
3) 30 times breath-hold every day: Once you develop a good habit of deep breathing & holding your breath for long durations, you will notice that your heard beat count/ rate per minute will reduce. It is generally believed that we humans are sent on Earth with a fixed number of breaths. It is said that certain Indian Yogis used to live for 1000 to 2000 years easily on average (no I don’t have solid proof of it but you can try to do some research yourself if you wish to).
It is believed that they used to breathe very slowly and deeply. Around 50-100 times per day. We humans nowadays breathe 16-18 times a day. Now imagine 50-100 times per day! And now I wasn’t you to imagine living 1000 to 2000 years in a lifetime. Not sure if you would be happy or sad. All I want to say is that breathing is something that we do 23,000 times per day. So focus on improving/ correct the way you breathe. Feel more relaxed, increase your lung capacity by breathing deeply and holding your breath.
An average human breaths 12-20 times per minute and his heart rate are 60-100 beats per minute. My son tells me he had practiced holding his successive breaths for very long durations. He was able to bring down his breathing rate to about 1-2 breaths per minute (from 12-20), for 30 minutes in a row.
He also told me that his heartbeat rate during those sessions went down from 1 beat per second (60 beats per minute) to as low as 1 beat every 4 seconds (15 beats per minute!). Now imagine you being in his position. Imagine your heart. Will its life is not 4 times more if it has to beat at 25% than usual?
Think & Thank…
1) If you have any health issues, do consult your physician before practicing these exercises.
2) There are many more breathing exercises, I would recommend you to learn from experts in this field.
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