Breathing.  We all do it, but do we do it well?  And why does it matter?

 

The fact that we’ve been breathing since day one, you’d think we’d be better at it right? But it’s something we need to focus on and be mindful about improving because its benefit to every part of our health is astounding! I never really learned to properly breathe till I became a meditation teacher and that is 51 years!!!!!

 

Please do not delete this post, proper breathing really can be a game changer. Not only does proper breathing lower stress and anxiety, but it’s also responsible for providing every cell in our body with the nutrients it needs to run smoothly.  Pretty important, huh? Just stop for a moment and visualize this, isn’t it kind of mind blowing?

Most of us hold our breath without knowing it, which is also often accompanied with gritting the teeth and jaw.  Grinding your teeth or having a firm bite can cause a slew of problems. Gritting and grinding your teeth can ultimately cause dental issues in the future, and can cause problematic and frequent tension headaches. I speak from experience on this one. I use to grind my teeth all the time but once I started practicing proper breathing techniques I became more mindful and the grinding greatly reduced. I still catch myself doing it but I can redirect my attention to my breath a lot easier now. ( I spent so much money on mouth guards and crap over the years- if only I would have known then what I know now right? )

Finding out how to improve your breathing is as simple as hopping over to YouTube.  Search some simple breathing exercises and begin focusing on your breath work. As with anything on the internet do not trust any Joe blow. Make sure it is coming from someone you trust. Here are some of my favorites.

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Sarah McLean Breath Meditation-7 minutes

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Guided Breathing Meditation With Kim Eng – 11 minutes

 

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All in the Balance- Long Sleep Deep Breathing Audio – 6 min

 

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Andrew Weil 4-7-8 Breathing Technique – 8 minutes

 

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