Aging effects everyone of us. Correct breathing can correct the process of losing your vitality, energy and strength. Instead of relying on your body to physically do the job perfecting a technique used by martial artists by taking your thoughts inward and taking a deep breath will help your mind and body to find it’s potential.
The concept of taking a complete breath
1. First, sit in your chair, up straight, keeping your chest, neck and head in one vertical line. Relax your head; neck-rolling you head around gently stretching your neck and shoulders becoming relaxed. By bending your head forward you can feel the tension in your neck and see how tight the muscles have become. Loosening the muscles also relaxes the face muscles which in turn loosen their tight grip on your organs and your senses, reducing tension in the brain and increasing concentration, balance and serenity.
2. Now start breathing through your nostrils, inhaling steadily filling the lower, middle and high part of your lungs.
3. Hold the breath a few seconds-holding your chest in position and you stomach in a little. Exhale slowly. Hold onto your intercoastal muscles and the floating ribs while exhaling, without it smooth exhalation is not possible.
Practice the complete breath as soon as you feel tense and irregular, raising your shoulders or your neck tightening. Do as many times a necessary to complete relaxation. Sit very still during practice, the more the body moves the more the mind dissipates.
The benefits of complete breath
- It revitalizes your core and brings balance.
- It harmonizes and grounds.
- It aids your organs.
- It aids your digestion and assimilation.
A massage will help you to relax, but who thinks to relax and nurture their organs. When they start to breakdown then you wonder what it is you might have done to prevent disease and correct the stress your internal organs are feeling.
Martial artists take it one step further
It takes some practice getting your mind to go inwards taking a deep breath, instead of reaching outside of yourself. Using the power of your breath and using visualization until you do feel a difference will take some practice when you are feeling tired, weak or stressed out.
Use the technique when you are lifting or moving things around. A martial artist does not slice through bricks by physical strength alone. Consciously breathing is being fully alive. The important part of complete breathing is your prana, it applies to mental control and to the positioning of your physical body, and any tension will restrict the flow.