Q: I don’t like being pushed so many pills by doctors (with side effects like depression and more sickness), but it feels like all the natural alternatives are much more expensive. How can a regular person plan on using natural health to help them live a long life and what kind of healing remedies do you recommend that are affordable?
A: One of the great misconceptions in the modern, Western world is that we can medicate our way into greater health and a longer life. As your question illustrates, it’s likely the medication and all of its associated side effects that’s killing us more quickly. Even for those who don’t have the resources to consult with practitioners of alternative modalities, the Yogic path offers us a very simple, very accessible method for creating both greater longevity and a higher quality of life overall: the breath.
There are numerous yogis who have recalled how animals that breathe fewer times per minute tend to live longest. A field mouse may only live to be one or two years old, and they breathe several hundred times per minute. In contrast, a giant tortoise lives to be more than 150 years old and yet it only breathes four times per minute. Humans tend to breathe anywhere from twelve to twenty times per minute, and so to create a longer, more peaceful life, slow down your breathing. When you breathe slower and fuller, you will not only create a more sustainable life, but you will respond to adversity with less stress, have less severe negative emotions, and generally enjoy your life on a much higher level.