In addition to removing carbon dioxide, breathing results in loss of water from the body. Exhaled air has a relative humidity of 100% because of water diffusing across the moist surface of breathing passages and alveoli. . . Read More
Control of Breathing (Conscious Control)
Pranayama - The Art of Yoga Breathing When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions. One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing Exercise which promotes proper breathing. In a Yogic point of view, proper breathing is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control Prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama Yoga also goes hand in hand with the Asanas. The union of these two Yogic Principles is considered as the highest form of purification and self-discipline, covering both mind and body. Know more about Pranayama techniques in the following sections: . . . Read More
There are many causes of anxiety. Food additives, sugar, adrenal dysfunction and other internally consumed substances. Situations in life that are threatening or seem so will cause anxiety. The idea you do not have enough time is a huge cause of anxiety. Taking on too many projects or responsibilities invites anxiety and we too often forget we chose and often can un-choose. Spending too much money, getting into debt and worrying about that will cause anxiety. Eventually a certain level anxiety becomes an every day occurrence that we sort of get used to. The breathing pattern sets in and never leaves. In other words bad breathing from excessive stress or anxiety or trauma invites more bad breathing and/or anxiety/nervousness which causes worse breathing which causes more nervousness. It feeds itself and often changes to panic.
Modern stressful living as well as past traumas have resulted in vast numbers of people over reacting and even imagining threats that do not exist. When the breathing is not allowed to stay in balance every reaction to life becomes distorted or negatively magnified. . .Read More