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The importance of conscious breathing

Breathe in and breathe out. It is what we do all day long without a single thought. The brain has made this an automated process, yet there is a certain power behind learning to breathe consciously. We can slow down our heart rates, let our breathe lead us into a meditative state, and even help relieve health ailments including high blood pressure, headaches, anxiety, and stress.

However, sometimes it can be exceptionally difficult to learn how to consciously breathe, either while laying down in silence, or while moving throughout your day. Exercise programs like yoga and pilates have conscious breathing as a focal point of each movement. You learn to use your breathe to strengthen your muscles and relax into stretches. If we may so say, a great start to practicing conscious breathing!

What are some of the key points?

  1. Learn to breathe deeply. Many of us breathe just with the tops of our lungs. Try breathing deep into the belly and back, like you are trying to stretch out your torso in both directions. Breathe in and out, deeply and slowly.
  2. When you do physical work, exhale when the muscles are required to do work. This will help guide you through the tension.
  3. Relax when you are done with physical work. Take slow, deep, and easy breathes when you relax. Try letting your breathe guide you into sleep. Winding down like this at the end of the day can help to improve sleeping patterns.
  4. Practice regularly!

With so many pilates and yoga places available in this city, find somewhere that suits you and go often! The more you practice, the more natural it will become to breathe consciously.