Yogis breathe free! You can help alleviate stress through the simple practice of yogic breathing techniques. Among other things, yogic breathing loads your blood with oxygen, which, by nourishing and repairing your body’s cells, maintains your health at the most desirable level. Shallow breathing, which is widespread, doesn’t oxygenate the blood circulating in your arteries and veins very efficiently. Consequently, toxins pile up in the cells. Before you know it, you feel mentally sluggish and emotionally down, and eventually organs begin to malfunction.
One of the 'Five Principles of Yoga' is called Pranayama which is a breathing exercise that promotes proper breathing. Pranayama is now known as the science of breath control that consists of a series of exercises intended to meet these needs and to keep the body in vibrant health. Beathing is important for two basic reasons: It is the only means of supplying our bodies and its various organs with oxygen which is vital for our health. Additionally, breathing is one of the ways to get rid of waste products and toxins from our body.
Why Oxygen is so vital?
- Oxygen is the most vital nutrient in our bodies. It is essential for the proper and efficient functioning of the brain, nerves, glands and other internal organs.
- We can survive without food for weeks and without water for days, but without oxygen we will die within a few minutes. If the brain does not get proper supply of this essential nutrient, it will cause degradation of all the vital organs of the body.
- The brain requires more oxygen than any other organ. If it doesn't get enough, the result is mental sluggishness, negative thoughts, depression and, eventually, vision and hearing declines. Oxygen supply in our body, however, declines as we get older and if we live a poor lifestyle.
Take a peek at Yoga Journal's simple tips to get started on yogic breathing here.