A great summary of benefits of conscious controlled breathing. I have learned benefits of breathing exercises through my yoga training. My husband Konstantin came to learn and use breathing techniques from his life long study and practice of martial arts, as a coach, he regularly incorporates breathing work into his own training sessions as well as with his clients.
Over time, using controlled breathing to lower blood pressure and heart rate may lower risk of stroke and cerebral aneurysm, and generally decreases stress on blood vessels (a big plus for cardiovascular health).Forbes.com
In its effects conscious breathing is very similar to meditation. Often as a precursor to a meditation session practitioners are advised to focus on their in and out breath, or count their breaths.
Participants were asked to count how many breaths they took over a two-minute period, which caused them to pay especially focused attention to their breathing. When they counted correctly, brain activity (monitored by EEG) in regions related to emotion, memory and awareness showed a more organized pattern versus what’s normally experienced during a resting state.Forbes.com
Breathing is an integral part of a true authentic yoga practice. When I just started my yoga practice back in 2002 yoga exercises were included in every class. Now instructors just remind you to breath during class, but I am of an old school yoga, when in each class we did at least one of many some yoga breathing exercises.
Controlled breathing triggers a parasympathetic response, according to the theory, and may also improve immune system resiliency as a “downstream health benefit.” The study also found improvements in energy metabolism and more efficient insulin secretion, which results in better blood sugar management. If accurate, the results support the conclusion that controlled breathing isn’t only a counterbalance to stress, but also valuable for improving overall health.Forbes.com
To your health,