Happy Self-Care Sunday!
Showing gratitude can make you more optimistic. Studies show that those who
express gratitude regularly appear to have a more positive outlook on life.
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Does breathing have something to do with longevity?
A tortoise takes an average of four breaths per minute. Comparing life spans, tortoises live an average of 98 years longer than human beings!
A 1980 study found that the ‘greatest indicator of life span’ was lung capacity. While we have an uphill battle as we age, we lose about 12% of our lung capacity by the time we hit 50, with an increased decline thereafter.
We can learn how to breathe properly at any age and begin to reverse the damage in our lungs. Through proper breathing, we can increase the size of our lungs which leads to a longer lifespan. Breathwork can protect the lungs from long-term wear & tear, irritation, infection and improve circulation.
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Breathing control gives man strength, vitality, inspiration and magical powers. You can change your body from the inside out, nourishing every single cell in your body. Scientists have proved that breathing techniques can reduce stress, and they also strengthen the brain’s functionality and performance. Here are two breathing techniques described below to eliminate stress the moment you feel it, increase your attention span, sharpen your focus, and improve your memory.
- Rhythmic Breathing:
It purifies the lungs, blood and cells of the body, strengthens the heart and regulates heartbeat, provides stamina and endurance while climbing stairs, running, or performing any other vigorous exercise and creates internal balance and harmony, regulating the natural rhythms within the body.
- Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Place your hands on your lap.
- Breathe in through the nostrils 2 breaths in and then 2 breaths out.
- Maintain a steady rhythm.
- The breaths in and out are performed with power and strength.
You can do rhythmic breathing in the morning, sitting at the side of your bed or on a chair for 2-5 minutes or in the afternoon for 5-10 minutes (preferably outdoors), while walking – matching the breaths with each step.
Check out my amazing podcast “LONGEVITY: Secrets From Ayurveda” episode #61 on the Self-Care Goddess Podcast.
2. Alternate Nostril Breathing
It balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, bringing a sense of peace and clarity to the mind. This breathing also balances two of the main energy channels along the spine, relaxes and revitalizes the body & mind and develops concentration .
- Bring the right index and middle fingers together. Place these fingers in between your eyebrows.
- Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril.
- Hold the breath, closing off both nostrils (use ring and small finger to close off left nostril).
- Raise the right thumb and exhale through the right nostril, keeping the left nostril closed.
- Inhale through the right nostril.
- Hold the breath, closing off both nostrils.
- Exhale through the left nostril, keeping the right nostril closed.
- Repeat these steps ten times.
Alternate Nostril Breathing is performed with a smooth, steady, and subtle breath. Remember to relax into the rhythm and flow of the breath, without forcing or straining. Start with five minutes a day and build your practice to 15-20 minutes daily.
I invite you to watch my wellness video “Breathe In Ease For Stress Busting”
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