Lack of energy, stress and the feeling that life is slipping by too fast, seems to have become part and parcel of our everyday lives.
Fatigue (or even depression), anxiety and overwhelm are now commonly recorded as top ranking complaints by Doctors and Health organisations the world over.
One of our most basic fundamental resources is oxygen, Oxygen is needed by every cell, in every organ, in every process in the human body and brain, therefore if we have any deficit in this life giving element (through various factors of lifestyle or internal/external environment) this can lead to tiredness, mental fog, confusion, low level aches, lack of control, feelings of anxiousness and emotional overload.
Although we all breathe continuously everyday, what’s not so commonly known is that training the breath to be optimal (like we would train a group of muscles in the gym) can have such a powerfully direct and immediate effect physiologically, neurologically and chemically (physically, mentally and emotionally).
Beneath our usual conscious awareness, the breathing patterns we do are constantly sending information from the body to the brain and vice versa to feedback/feedforward about the internal state, assessment of the environments we’re in and give cues on how to respond to any given situation. Therefore, through the reading of these signals, each person’s larger body-brain system (nervous system) can know what and where resources (energy) are needed to maintain ‘homeostasis’ (overall internal systems balance) for best health.
Breathing is something that happens both completely independently of our awareness (without having to ‘think ‘ about it at all), yet we can also focus our attention on breath length, location and rhythm to both read and regulate it, which makes it a uniquely direct link from brain to body and body to brain.
Simple, accessible, universal and scientifically backed ‘Breath for Life’ techniques can lead to deep self connection, reflection and benefits including:
Down regulation of effects of stress and anxiety
Better mental clarity
Greater ability to cope with emotions
Builds knowledge and trust of our body’s own system and how it can work ‘for’ us