The Benefits of Controlled Breathing
For many years I have talked, taught and written about the benefits of controlled breathing. I recently re-discovered an article that was written by psychotherapist and journalist Lesley Alderman in November 2016.
It was reading this article that I learned about Rock and Roll breathing and I’ve been using it regularly these past four years. It’s fun, calms the mind and strengthens your core.
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This excellent New York Times article has 3 easy to learn and use breath exercises to calm your nervous system, quiet your mind and boost your immune system. It’s worth taking the time now to read the article and to try at least one of the breath exercises.
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Rock and Roll Breathing
- Sit up straight on the floor or the edge of a chair.
- Place your hands on your belly.
- As you inhale, lean forward and expand your belly.
- As you exhale, squeeze the breath out and curl forward while leaning backward; exhale until you’re completely empty of breath.
- Repeat 20 times.
By Lesley Alderman, Nov. 9, 2016:
Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times.
Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system.
Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality. Buddha advocated breath-meditation as a way to reach enlightenment.
Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.
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I take a deep breath, expanding my belly and calm my nervous system.
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