In this video, I am talking about how to calm the nervous system, and decrease the body’s stress response with the belly breathing exercise. Belly breathing is also known as Diaphragmatic breathing and is a natural way of breathing. If you see an infant breathing, you will notice that their belly expands (rise-up) when they breathe in and belly contracts (falls down) when they breath out. By being conscious of our inhalation and exhalation we can actually heal our body.
Everything is connected to our mind, body, breath, nature etc. When we are in danger, we start to breathe faster and similarly when we breathe fast, in our mind we get the sense of danger that does not exist. By breathing shallow and using chest and shoulder to breathe, we are not controlling our stress, in fact, we are feeding our stress.
Diaphragmatic breathing, or deep breathing, is a proven relaxation technique. Regular practice of diaphragmatic breathing draws the mental focus into what is known as the “belly brain”. It has a calming effect on the mind while, at the same time, potentially strengthening the diaphragm. I recommend practicing diaphragmatic breathing for 5-10 minutes per day until it becomes our natural way of breathing.
– It lowers your heart rate.
– It helps lower your blood pressure.
– It helps you cope with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
– It improves your core muscle stability.
– It improves your body’s ability to tolerate intense exercise.
– It lowers your chances of injuring or wearing out your muscles.
– It slows your rate of breathing so that it expands less energy.
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