Most of us use 1/3 of our respiratory system and get only 25% of the oxygen we need for good health. The benefits of breathing properly are unbelievable.
That's why for the next few months, I want to go over different breath modalities and their benefits. Hopefully you will want to incorporate one of them into your daily life.
The only difference between your brain and Albert Einstein's brain is that his brain had larger blood vessels and therefore had more blood flow and oxygen going to his brain NATURALLY. However, we can increase blood flow and oxygenation to our brain through certain kinds of breath work.
Here is one breath exercise you can do:
Breath out all the air from your lungs in 3 stages...first from you chest area, diaphragm and then your belly, Then inhale from bottom up... into your belly, your diaphragm and into your chest. Then HOLD your breath for as long as you possibly can until you are desperate for...
Have you ever experienced neck pain or a stomachache right after a stressful day or bad news? Have you ever gotten sick right after holding it together through a stressful situation?
Everyday there is more scientific research showing the correlation between physical and emotional health. I have been using Louise Hay's book "You can heal your life" for 20 years; each time I am sick or in pain, I open up the back part of the book and look at the correlation between the mental cause of the physical dis-ease. And have to say that 85% of the time, it has been so accurate.
There is also the book by John E Sarno, who has helped thousands and thousands of people overcome their back, shoulder and other conditions--without or drugs, exercise, physical therapy or dangerous surgery. He explained that the root cause of most of his client's physical pain were emotional; how anxiety and repressed anger triggers muscle spasms and other...
If you have trouble sleeping, this 1.5 hour video is a must see. This talk was organized by Dr. Mark Kalina from Pacific Pearl. He really brought the right people together to address sleep issues from all angles.
Dr. Edward Goldberg, MD Harvard Graduate, has a center in Carmel Vally called San Diego OrthoNeuro where he works with patience that suffer from sleep disorders. He mostly discussed how lack of sleep can affect people at so many levels. Not good news!!
Dr. Denise O-Neil approached sleep issues from the emotional perspective, stating that unprocessed emotions and stress/worry are one of the main reasons people suffer from sleep disorders. She recommended different kinds of therapy including EMDR to release old trauma.
Dr. Erica Oberg's approach was more on natural ways to create healthy sleeping patterns that focused on the Circadian Rhythm, supplements and food.
My presentation was more experiential. Inviting...
Most people either supinate or pronate and both effect the structure of your body....yes the whole structure of your body. All the way to your hips, knees and lower back.
In this video I share two exercises you can do to offset the effects of supination or pronation.
You can also pay attention to the way you walk; step on your heals and then roll onto both corners of the balls of your feet. If you decide to do this, please start with 5 minutes and slowly add more time, so you body doesn't go into a shock:). Introduce things slowly to your body.
Let me know if you have any questions.
You will be so much more productive if you take breaks and stretch. I hear so many people say they don't have time, but the truth is that when you stretch and breath, you think more clearly, focus better and retain 300% more information.
Most of the time, we all know what to do to make us feel better, right? Like have a regular meditation, breath or stretch routine, but many of us don't follow through. Or how about all the New Year resolutions with good intentions that stop after a few weeks or months!!
Why is that and how can we close this GAP??
What we want or who we want to be, is different from who we are right now. We get inspired about our future-self, but our present-self doesn't like change and is on auto-pilot.
Here are a few things that have helped me.
1. Identify what you want to change and how you will get there. Create a plan! Know yourself. I am not a evening person, so when I schedule myself to do hard tasks in the evenings, I am setting myself up for failure.
2. Add one thing at a time. Go slow!! For many of us, it takes time to close the gap between the present and the future self. When I first started doing breath work, I set goal of breathing 45 minutes a day, and couldn't keep up with...
When you engage your inner thighs, lower butt cheeks and bring your navel toward your spine and lifting, your core is engaged. I think actually activating these muscles whenever you remember during the day will result in a strong core without having to attend lots of classes.
In this breath meditation, you breathe in for 2 counts and exhale for 4 counts. When exhalations are longer than you inhalations, you produce more carbon dioxide which helps oxygen get absorbed into your cells and blood; so very healthy for you!
Here is a 5 minute breathing meditation.