Yoga, deep breathing and meditation continue to make strides in the healthcare industry.
More specifically, deep breathing is now widely recognized for its “profound impact on our physiology and our health,” says Mladen Golubic, a physician in the Cleveland Clinic`s Center for Integrative Medicine. Yet, the power of breath is still an unknown in our culture and within mainstream medicine.
Yogis understood the power of breath. In fact, postures (asana) were created to strengthen the body to sit for breathing (pranayama) and meditation. The breath is the most important aspect of the yoga tradition and one of the most important functions of the body in maintaining health.
The average American has 21,600 breaths every 24 hours (15 breaths per min X 60 min X 24 hours). The breathing process is the foundation of all brain function and 12 energy systems of the body. The respiratory system feeds our cardiovascular system and supports our digestive and lymphatic systems: two systems paramount to processing food and the removal of toxins and imbalances from the body. Breathing is also the only physiological function that can be controlled. Otherwise, it occurs involuntarily from the intelligence of the autonomic nervous system. Continue reading