Last time, we talked about the importance of getting optimal amounts of oxygen and the “50 Deep Breaths” solution. In part two, let’s talk about the best way to take in your daily deep breaths.
To really get the full, Rock-Solid benefit out of your deep breathing, try to adhere to the following four guidelines whenever possible:
1. Always try to breathe in through your nose. This has many advantages, including:
∑ The hairs, mucous membranes and glands in the nose filter out many of the dust particles, bacteria and other impurities that we inadvertently breathe in
∑ According to many in the yoga tradition, it is widely believed that you can better absorb prana (vital life force energy) from the air via your nose than through your mouth
∑ The nose passageway warms exceedingly cool air
2. Focus on the air going down deep into your belly. Your diaphragm should actually rise and fall as you breathe this way.
3. Breathe slowly and deliberately, taking five to ten seconds to inhale, holding your breath for a few seconds, then taking five to ten seconds to exhale.
4. Exhale through your mouth, slow and steady, as if you were gently blowing out a candle.
That’s all there is to it. Try integrating this into your regimen and feel the difference.