How Can Breathwork Improve YOUR Brain Health?

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What can deep focussed breathing do to your Brain?

Different breathing patterns activate our brain networks related to mood, attention, and body awareness. According to the Mayo Clinic, research proves that deep breathing can calm and regulate the autonomic nervous system, lower blood pressure and improve concentration.

The slow holding of breath allows CO2 to build up in the blood. An increased blood CO2 enhances the cardio-inhibitory response of the vagus nerve when you exhale and stimulates your parasympathetic system. This produces a calm and relaxed feeling in the mind and body and also help treat insomnia by allowing you to calm your nervous system at night before bed. Different breathing patterns activate our brain networks related to mood, attention, and body awareness. Regular breathwork practice can reduce stress and improve mood and help you better focus.

I invite you to listen to episode #39 of the Self-Care Goddess Podcast with me “9 Morning Routine Tips To Optimize YOUR Health & Longevity”

Breathwork has changed my life, in more ways than I could even imagine. Not only has it turned my speaking and performing experiences 180 degrees toward a much better and enjoyable experience, it has also spread its positive effects into many other areas of my life. 

  • I have improved my concentration and focus.
  • I’ve become a better listener.
  • I am kinder and more self-loving.
  • I am more present.
  • I am stronger and more confident.
  • I feel more at peace.

Like yoga, breathwork is an ancient practice. Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. For example, studies have found that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and attention deficit disorder. In addition, benefits include mood management, physical performance, clarity, focus, and sleep, pain relief, and overall well-being.

Yoga with its emphasis on breathing practices and medita­tion brings mental benefits, such as increased focus and concentration. What may be more surprising is that it actually makes your brain work better. When you lift weights, your muscles get stronger and bigger.

When you do yoga, your brain cells develop new connections, and changes occur in your brain struc­ture as well as function, resulting in improved cog­nitive skills, such as learning and memory. Yoga & breathwork strengthens parts of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, awareness, thought, and language. Think of it as weightlifting for the brain. 

Listen to my wellness video “Do Yoga for Brain Health” here

I am a certified Elemental Rhythm Breathwork Facilitator. Connect With Me to know more on the amazing power of breathwork and learn some breathwork techniques than can help you better manage yourself.