Your breath defines everything, from your physical and physiological to your mental and emotional well-being. Each time you take oxygen in through your nostrils you fill up your lungs, which then transport the oxygen molecules throughout your system. Oxygen forms the basis of all your cellular processes and is crucial for survival.

The Benefits Of Controlled Breathing

From ancient practices of yoga and meditation to modern-day cardio and other high-intensity exercises, every activity pays a lot of attention to your ability to control your breath. Adopting a few simple breathing exercises can provide enormous benefits to your body as well as mind, and can help:

  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce anxiety, depression and negative emotions
  • Improve cognition
  • Improve concentration
  • Enhance creativity
  • Increase feelings of love, peace and joy
  • Create a sense of inner calm

Highlighting the importance of controlled breathing, Yogi Cameron gives a quick technique to incorporate this practice in your daily life.

Directions: Sit on the ground in a cross-legged position and try to be as comfortable as you can. Using your fingers, close one nostril and inhale through the other. Now open the closed nostril and exhale for twice as long while closing the previous one.

Training yourself to control your breathing will calm you down and reduce your anxiety levels. Breathing exercises break the obsessive pattern of thinking, which is common during panic attacks. Certain breathing techniques can also help relieve congestion and cold.

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