Breath Work 

All of life begins with the breath. The breath of life allows oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide to bring in the life force, known as prana.  We can’t survive without prana, the vital force that energizes body, mind and consciousness.

The breath is a fundamental tool, an innate regulator of the incredible life force we are blessed with.  In mastering the breath, the yogis were able to master the life.  Ancient belief says we are born with so many breaths to breathe.  In that case, learning to work with the breath can affect the lifespan. 

Your rate of breathing and your state of mind are inseparable.  In order to gain control over your mind you must learn how to regulate the breath. The yogis knew that the body follows the mind and the mind follows the breath. 

When your mind is meditative and calm, your rate of breathing will be slow.  As you change your rate of breathing, you change your state of mind.  Long, deep breathing is a wonderful practice.  

Breath frequency affects the body and mind in the following ways: 

  • When breathing rate becomes eight breaths per minute relief from stress and increased mental awareness occur. The healing process is activated.
  • When breathing rate becomes four breaths per minute the pituitary and pineal glands are working in conjunction to enhance meditative states.  Mental function increases with increased clarity.
  • When breathing rate becomes one breath per minute the brain is functioning on a whole new level.  Spiritual presence increases, intuition is activated, and calm ensues. 

The breath can be used to bring a new level of energy and awareness.  Do an experiment. The next time you are with someone who is anxious, tense or stressed, match their breath without speaking about it.  As you breath the accelerated breath they are breathing, begin to relax your breath, slowing it, and watch how your friend’s breath changes as well.  Breathing slowly not only allows you to change but can have a profound effect on those around you. 

Breath work is a practice that can have a positive effect on your entire life.  Practicing on your own can be very helpful. Learning breath work from someone who is a certified practitioner can enhance your ability to master your breath and life.