Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yet another article on breathing

Just when you thought you'd mastered the ancient art of breathing, another expert comes out with a new way! Just kidding, actually, the technique for proper breathing is, at its heart, generally consistently agreed upon, but everyone does have a tendency to add their own spin to it.

Here's my opinion of what you NEED to know: Basically, short, fast, shallow breaths result in stress and poor oxygen transfer to the body, which leads to fatigue, poor brain functioning, and overall poor health. Long, slow, full breaths, on the other hand, create relaxation and good oxygen transfer, leading to higher energy levels and better brain functioning. It's easy. If you ever needed to know one thing about breathing, it would be to favor long, slow, full breaths. Every single thing ever written about good breathing contains this same advice.

However, if you want to see the latest round of "improvements", read this article that I found online. It talks about emphasizing the exhalation phase of the breath as the focal point for relaxation, and also has a guide on how to pace your breathing for maximum effectiveness. It's good advice really, but do keep in mind that the number of different breathing techniques out there merely indicates that there's no single correct way. Heck, try them all, you can't really go wrong as long as you follow the golden rule of deep, full, breaths.

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