Why should I practice deep breathing?

Deep controlled breathing has been found to lower blood pressure and promote relaxation. Breathing deeply oxygenates the blood, which in turn causes endorphin release.

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Some additional benefits of controlled deep breathing are

  • Cell oxygenation
  • Fat burning
  • Lymph movement
  • Mental clarity
  • Pain relief
  • Relaxation
  • Strengthening respiratory muscles

There are several different techniques of controlled breathing

  • Alternate Nostril Breathing
  • BreathPlay
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing,
  • Weil’s 4-7-8 method,
  • Equal Breathing
  • Lion’s Breath
  • Ujjayi
  • Upside Down Breathing (don’t do this if you have glaucoma)
  • And many more…