This video is great for anyone who is first learning how to breathe properly. Abdominal Breathing, also known as Diaphragmatic Breathing is simple and easy to follow. It's an excellent introduction to breath awareness for beginners and a great way to teach people how to calm down quickly with ease. Deep belly breathing is the easiest, most accessible, and most affordable way to greater health!
Benefits of Abdominal Breathing:
-Calming to the nervous system
-Allows the mind to slow down
-Lower/stabilize blood pressure
Many of us have become conditioned to become 'chest breathers', which is actually quite detrimental physically and mentally. For most of us no one taught us how to breathe properly.
"When you experience stressful thoughts, your sympathetic nervous system triggers the body’s ancient fight-or-flight response, giving you a burst of energy to respond to the perceived danger. Your breathing becomes shallow and rapid, and you primarily breathe from the chest and not the lower lungs. This can make you feel short of breath, which is a common symptom when you feel anxious or frustrated. At the same time, your body produces a surge of hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine (also known as adrenaline), which increase your blood pressure and pulse rate and put you in a revved up state of high alert.
With deep breathing, you can reverse these symptoms instantly and create a sense of calm in your mind and body. When you breathe deeply and slowly, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which reverses the stress response in your body. Deep breathing stimulates the main nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system—the vagus nerve—slowing down your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure, and calming your body and mind."