Breathe or Breathing is the way by which we survive. It is called ‘Saans’, ‘साँस’ in Hindi. The process of breathing is the taking in of oxygen in the fresh gulp of air when one inhales and expelling the carbon dioxide when one exhales. The Breathe is also our relationship with the outside world. It is our link with life itself. Without Breathe one ceases to exist.
Breathing originated as a way to get the energy that is needed for all essential processes of the body. Before modern human beings evolved, early life in the form of bacteria got energy without oxygen or air by converting light energy to chemical energy. Human beings breathe through their lungs which gradually originated from the swim bladder of fishes in a long evolutionary process that spans hundreds of millions of years.
We usually breathe unconsciously. It happens on its own. When we sleep the process of breathing continues on its own. Pranayama which means Breath Control originated in ancient India as a way of controlling the breath for self-control. Pranayama clears the physical and emotional blocks in the body. The fast breathing technique called Kapalabhati (Skull Shining Breath) energizes and detoxifies the body. The slow and rhythmic breathing techniques like Anulom Vilom, also called Alternate Nostril Breathing or Nadi Shodhana, are very balancing for the body and mind. There are also other techniques of breathing like inhaling through the mouth and exhaling through the nose.
Week-wise distribution of Breathing Class during YTTC Course:
As they say, take a deep breath – indeed breathing is of vital importance in maintaining a calm mind. In modern times, where life is always on the run we forget that we have to breathe normally. When there are too many stimuli demanding out attention we forget where our breaths are going. Whenever you are stressed try this simple breathing exercise and watch how miraculously the anxiety vanishes. Sit in an upright comfortable posture. Take a deep breath gently and exhale through the mouth slightly forcefully. Repeat this about 25 times. Feel the calmness taking over your mind and body. This can be done multiple times throughout the day whenever one feels anxious or uneasy. Breathing forms the base of meditation. Without calm breathing, it is not possible to meditate.
Breathing sounds like something that does not seem to have any obvious benefits besides the fact that we cannot physically do without breathing. But Breathing is immensely beneficial in stress-related disorders like anxiety and depression, for the heart, for healthy circulation and blood purification, improving concentration, for high blood pressure, for asthma and migraine.