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It may sound strange if we said that most adults need to learn how to breathe.  This is so true.  As infants, we breathed correctly by moving our ribcage and abdomen.  As we grew older, we forgot how to breathe correctly.  Our breath is now very shallow, using the upper chest only.  This is one of the major factors that accelerates ageing and causes a lot of health issues.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HEALTHY BREATHING?

(1) Keep your face wrinkle-free.

Or even get rid of the wrinkles you may already have.

(2) Clean toxins and deposits out of your entire body. 

This method IS the true Fountain of Youth.  It rejuvenates the body at the cellular level so that you LOOK and FEEL young STAY young and HEALTHIER. This method helps cure and prevent many diseases.

(3) Gets rid of stress, to reach deep healing levels of relaxation.

More than 85% of illnesses are directly related to stress.  Breathing not only brings you good health, it also builds a pleasant disposition.

(4) Tone up your body.

Breathing when combined with specific gentle stretches could give you better results than years of aerobic exercises, lower your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and give you high levels of energy all day.

TYPES OF BREATHING TECHNIQUES TO STAY YOUNG?

(1)  Equal Breathing

How it’s done: Balance can do a body good, beginning with the breath. To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four — all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath.

This calms the nervous system, increase focus and reduce stress.

When it works best: Anytime, anyplace — but this is one technique that’s especially effective before bed. “Similar to counting sheep,”  If you have trouble in sleeping good method to use.. this breath can take your mind off the racing thoughts or whatever is distracting your sleep.

Level: Beginner

(2) Abdominal Breathing Technique

How it’s done: With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. The goal: Six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure.

Keep at it for six to eight weeks, and those benefits might stick around even longer.

When it works best: Before an exam, or any stressful event. But keep in mind, “Those who operate in a stressed state all the time might be a little shocked how hard it is to control the breath.

Level: Beginner

(3) Alternate Nostril Breathing

How it’s done Brings calm and balance, and unite the right and left sides of the brain Starting in a comfortable meditative pose, hold the right thumb over the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril. At the peak of inhalation, close off the left nostril with the ring finger, then exhale through the right nostril. Continue the pattern, inhaling through the right nostril, closing it off with the right thumb and exhaling through the left nostril.

When it works best:  whenever it’s time to focus or energize. Just don’t try this one before bed: It helps clear the channels and make people feel more awake.  It’s almost like an energy boost.

Level: Intermediate

(4)Skull Shining Breath

How it’s done: Ready to brighten up your day from the inside out? This one begins with a long slow inhale, followed by a quick, powerful exhale generated from the lower belly. Once comfortable with the contraction, up the pace to one inhale-exhale (all through the nose) every one to two seconds, for a total of 10 breaths.

When it works best: When it’s time to wake up, warm up or start looking on the brighter side of things. “It’s pretty abdominal-intensive, it will warm up the body, shake off stale energy and wake up the brain  alternate nostril breathing is like having  coffee, consider this a shot of “redbull”.

Level: Advanced

(5) Progressive Relaxation

How it’s done: To remove tension from head to toe, close the eyes and focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each. Start with the feet and toes, then move up to the knees, thighs, rear, chest, arms, hands, neck, jaw and eyes — all while maintaining deep, slow breaths.

When it works best: At home, at a desk or even on the road. One word of caution: Dizziness is never the goal. If holding the breath ever feels uncomfortable, tone it down to just a few seconds at most.

Level: Beginner

(6) Guided Visualization

How it’s done: Head straight for that “happy place,” no questions asked. With a coach, a friend or helpful recording as your guide, breathe deeply while focusing on pleasant,  positive images to replace any negative thoughts.  Guided visualization helps puts you in the place you want to be, rather than letting your mind go to the internal dialogue that is stressful.”

When it works best: Pretty much anyplace you can safely close your eyes and  let go  (e.g. not at the wheel of a car).

Level: Intermediate

Food for thought

What can you expect from doing this exercise?  You will begin to notice changes as your body’s internal cleansing actions kick-in.  Your eliminations will have a foul smell, your face will look healthier, your whole being will feel lighter and calm, and your body will feel more energetic as your body begins to rid itself of trapped toxins.

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