So maybe you’re thinking: “So what? My breath, big deal. I breathe every day, why do I need to sit down for 15 minutes each day to focus on it?” If you are wondering why and how breathwork has the ability to change your life, here are a few ways that it can have a positive impact on you and your health.
- Skin Health – when we practice breath holds, and hold the breath inside the body, it supplies oxygen to the skin cells. When we increase the oxygen to the skin cells, we increase the blood thrush which improves the appearance of the skin. With breathwork we are also detoxifying the blood which is often the etiology for various skin conditions. We also have the ability to prevent premature aging.
- Respiratory Health – when we practice breathwork, we can improve our expiratory power which enhances the airflow by decreasing resistance to the lungs. We improve the strength and endurance of our respiratory muscles. With regular practice, we can produce positive changes in the respiratory pressure and cycle.
- Cardiovascular Health – when we practice breathwork, we can reduce our heart rate and blood pressure, we can modify the heart rate by stimulating cells of the body and by increasing oxygen intake.
- Boost Immunity – we’re all looking for this these days, am I right?! By practicing breathwork, we can boost our immunity by lowering our natural stress response and by down regulating pro-inflammatory markers. Breathwork also has beneficial effects on cell-mediated and mucosal immunity.
In addition to above, it can also help with weight loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, detoxification, focus and concentration. Breathwork can help you become reconnected to your essence and true self and deepen your spiritual practice.
If we can heal ourselves with our breath and optimize our health, why wouldn’t we?