Much has been written as to the positive benefits a solid meditation practice can have on your life. What most people don’t realize, however, is just how vital proper breathing can have when it comes to your overall health and well being. According to some, in combining the breath with purposeful meditation, you further stack the odds in your favor to achieving your health goals.
In this latest post from Massage Mag, the topic of meditation and breathing as a way to rid your body of harmful toxins is discussed. Termed Breathing As Medicine, the article reports that a new program offered by The American Meditation Institute will teach participants how to change their habitual breathing habits and learn to breath more fully.
Clinical studies have found that 75 percent of the toxins released every day by the body are expelled through respiration; however, our habitual inhaling and exhaling through the mouth and chest may not be enough. If we do not breathe fully, deeply and diaphragmatically through the belly, we are not supplying our bodies with enough oxygen and subtle energy known as prana. Yogic breathing techniques, taught in this course, encourage all systems within the body to operate optimally.
According to Perlmutter, “By re-learning to breathe as you did as an infant, you can enhance your immune system and capacity for exercise, lower your blood pressure, increase creativity and reduce many symptoms of heart disease, anxiety, depression, dementia, headaches, migraines, low back pain, insomnia, addictions, smoking, PMS, hot flashes and many emotional conditions associated with fear and anger.”
Read more on how to use breathing and meditation to enhance your health and wellness here.