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Breathing Through the Nostrils

Breathing through the nostrils lowers blood pressure. It also reduces the amplitude of alpha waves and the beta waves in the brain. Therefore, breathing through the nostrils enhances calmness. In yogic tradition, a great deal of emphasis is placed on nasal cycles and forced nostril breathing. GlóMotion also promotes breathing through the nostrils.

Interestingly, we do not breathe through both nostrils equally all the time. If you hold a mirror just under your nose and breathe out forcefully, you will find that either the left or the right nostril is clearer. At other times, you will find the pattern reversed. These cycles, which last from a few minutes to several hours, are related to a number of factors, such as age and the condition of the body.

The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are the main controllers of the breathing cycles. Since the digestive system is also controlled by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, our nasal cycles regulate our digestive efficiency. Experimental evidence shows that certain kinds of yogic breathing, such as deep rhythmic diaphragm breathing, positively stimulates the endocrine system, which is responsible for the secretion of hormones, as well. I encourage the practice of pranayama—yogic breathing techniques to maximize the benefits of the endocrine system as well as lymphatic activity.

Mynd: Ragnheiður Arngrímsdóttir
As we move through life, the limited breathing habits we develop become part of our expression. Unless we consciously do something to reverse these patterns, the consequences can be dire, and we may suffer permanent impediments. The good news is that these habits are easily altered or eradicated. The moment we recognize and accept that we want to change our behaviors, we become responsible and adopt breathing techniques to maximize our energy, not to minimize it.

To change, we must choose wellness and prosperity and increase our body’s oxygen efficiency and ability to receive and process the light and the energy that conscious breathing yields. In this regard, no one will allow themselves to go beyond their prosperity permission or allowance—we will not permit ourselves more oxygen or any other resource like light, money, or happiness, and even if we can force temporary gains in some energy form, we will not allow ourselves to enjoy or sustain those gains unless we feel worthy.

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What’s Limiting Our Breath?

When it comes to modern human beings, our breathing is usually shallow and rapid. We inhale inadequate oxygen and expel nominal carbon dioxide. The result is an oxygen-deprived body and the accumulation of harmful toxins. Every cell of the body requires oxygen, and our life force and energy are the consequence of the cells’ health and metabolic efficiency.

Shallow breathing does not engage the lungs the same way deep breathing does; the lungs therefore gradually lose their capacity to supply oxygen to the bloodstream, and as a result, energy production is reduced.

Animals that breathe deeply and slowly live the longest; the elephant is a good example. If the intention is to sustain prosperity and energetic balance, we must breathe deeply and slowly. The consequences of rapid and shallow breathing are symptoms of oxygen deprivation, which limits our life force, compromises the immune system, and causes premature aging and other diseases.

There are several reasons why our breath is often fast and shallow.

We are unconscious and in a hurry to leave the moment. Our body language, movement, and breathing follow this impulse.

The stress we cause with our modern living results in shallow, rapid breathing. We constantly live in fight-or-flight reactive states, which is our body‘s primitive, automatic, inborn response that alerts the body to “fight“ or “flee“ from perceived harm or threat to our survival.

Modern living reduces our need for physical activity. There is less physical activity to stimulate deep breathing, so we develop the shallow breathing habit.

We are working indoors more and more. This increases our exposure to indoor pollution. As a result, the body instinctively inhales less air to protect itself from pollution.

We control our emotions by suppressing or reducing the breath. Our volume of breath is our volume of life, so by limiting the oxygen, we limit or suppress our feelings and illusionary pain.

You are the source of all your experiences. Disease, anxiety, tension, stress, and worry, which are all forms of fear, are generated by you defying who you are and where you are.

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