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THE  SECRET OF BREATHING FOR HEALTH, ENERGY, AND RELAXATION

THE  SECRET OF BREATHING FOR HEALTH, ENERGY, AND RELAXATION | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

By Michael Issacs,MSW, NCPsyA, JD


One of the best kept secrets is the value of deep rhythmic breathing techniques for physical and mental heath.

Breathing awareness and techniques can markedly reduce stress, vitalize body systems, balance mind and emotions, increase energy, and foster longevity.


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This is a guest post by Nicole Newman who blogs at Yoga for the Arts.]


“The complex has its root in the simple.” ~Lao-Tzu



The most effective and accessible antidote to anxiety is to establish a grounded, centered breath with sound, referred to as ujjayi, “one who is victorious,” or ujjayi breath, “victorious breath.” Ujjayi is produced by gently narrowing the base of the throat by partially closing the epiglottis (the piece of cartilage at the top of the voicebox) and breathing exclusively through the nose. In spite of its simplicity, ujjayi requires both relaxation of effort and presence of mind, which naturally deepens the breath and calms and strengthens the nervous system.

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3D view of diaphragm

3D Yoga - View of diaphragm during respiration. Demo for "Mechanics of Respiration" CD ROM. Visit www.3d-yoga.com
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The mechanics of breathing... illustrated!

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Breath: The Mindful Means of Reducing Stress | Shift Your Life

Breath: The Mindful Means of Reducing Stress | Shift Your Life | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Rhythmic (or Box) Breathing is a helpful technique for rapidly decreasing stress, anxiety, heart rate or blood pressure. It also is centering and prepares you for a meditation or a peaceful night’s sleep.

Via Ellen Diane
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