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Benefits of Breathwork and Meditation

Benefits of Breathwork and Meditation

 

Breathwork, Pranayama

Benefits Of Pranayama

Reduced Breathing Rate

 With yoga breathing you can train yourself to breathe more slowly and more deeply. You can reduce your breathing rate from about fifteen breaths a minute to 5-6 breaths a minute, which amounts to reducing the breathing rate by one third. Reduced breathing rate leads to:

Slowing down the heart rate as more oxygen can be pumped even with less number of breaths. Follow the ration of 1:2 for inhalation:exhalation.

Reduced wear and tear of internal organs.

Lowering of blood pressure, relaxation of body tensions and quieter nerves.

Pranayama Practice Increases Life

As per yoga philosophy, longevity depends on your breathing rate. Lowering of breathing rate is likely to increase your life. For example, a tortoise takes four to five breaths in a minute and it lives up to 200 years or more.

Blood Circulation Improves

As a result of breathing, the freshly oxygenated blood (during inhalation) travels from lungs to the heart. The heart pumps it via arteries and blood vessels to every part of the body, where in turn it seeps into every tissue and cell. This improves the blood circulation and more oxygen/ prana or cosmic energy reaches all parts of your body.

Pranayama For Healthy Heart

Our heart is the most industrious organ of our body. The heart beats 100,000 times a day. It is pumping blood day in and day out non-stop all your life. The health of your heart determines your life expectancy and quality of life in old age. More oxygen in the blood means more oxygen to muscles of the heart.

Benefits Of Pranayama For Functioning Of Body Organs

Better functioning of autonomic system improves the working of lungs, heart, diaphragm, abdomen, intestines, kidneys and pancreas.

Digestive system improves and diseases pertaining to digestive organs are cured.

General irritability due to lethargy/ fatigue vanishes.

By pranayama practice all body organs gets more oxygen, toxins are removed from body, therefore onset of various diseases is prevented. Pranayama strengthens the immune system.

Better Mental Health

Pranayama practice provides freedom from negative and harmful mental conditions like anger, depression, lasciviousness, greed for money, arrogance etc.

With pranayama fluctuations of mind are controlled and it prepares the mind for meditation. With practice of pranayama, you will start experiencing lightness of body, feeling of inner peace, better sleep, better memory and better concentration whereby improving the spiritual powers/ skills.

Better Breathing Improves Quality Of Life In Old Age

As a person with sedentary lifestyle reaches middle age, lung tissues tend to grow less and less elastic and lung capacity decreases. Pranayama can help to reduce the effects of following old age problems:

Loss of vitality.

Accumulation of uric acid in the blood stream which often leads to frequent joint pains and discomfort.

Backaches, headaches, rheumatism, stiffening muscles and joints.

Proper circulation of blood is impeded by a sluggish diaphragm or hardening arteries.

It is recommended to start learning pranayama from a yoga teacher without any delay in order to experience the immense benefits of pranayama. Benefits of yoga breathing can be realised only by experience. Establish a daily routine of yoga breathing exercises. If you want to start on your own, first start with rhythmic deep breathing to get into the rhythm.

 

Meditation

 

20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today

New research shows meditation boosts your health, happiness, and success!

 

It Boosts Your HEALTH

1 - Increases immune function (See here and here)

2 - Decreases Pain (see here)

3 - Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level (See here and here and here)

It Boosts Your HAPPINESS

4 - Increases Positive Emotion (here and here)

5 - Decreases Depression (see here)

6 - Decreases Anxiety (see here and here and here)

7 - Decreases Stress (see here and  here)

It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE

Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group which many do!) but it actually increases your sense of connection to others:

8 - Increases social connection & emotional intelligence (see here and - by yours truly - here)

9 - Makes you more compassionate (see here and here and here)

10 - Makes you feel less lonely (see here)

It Boosts Your Self-Control

11 - Improves your ability to regulate your emotions (see here) (Ever flown off the handle or not been able to quiet your mind? Here's the key)

12 - Improves your ability to introspect (see here & for why this is crucial see this post)

It Changes Your BRAIN (for the better)

13 - Increases grey matter (see here)

14 - Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control (see here and here)

15 - Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention (see here)

 It Improves Your Productivity (yup, by doing nothing)

16 - Increases your focus & attention (see here and here and here and here)

17 - Improves your ability to multitask (see here)

18 - Improves your memory (see here)

19 - Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box (see research by J. Schooler)

20. It Makes You WISE(R)

 

Kriya

Kriya Yoga teaching style is done in a series of techniques that bring a development of the person practicing. Benefits of practicing this style of yoga teaching brings a physical healing and increased levels of emotional balance, energy, mental calmness, concentration, wisdom, inspiration and spiritual self awareness. Some people take the time to go away to a yoga retreat to fully immerge themselves in this style and practice for more than just a session but rather a week long experience.

A daily practice of different Kriyas can provide strength, flexibility, peace and give you a sense of balance. This style of yoga can bring tranquility to the mind and body by reducing stress. If you are looking to connect with your soul, the Divine and bring love and happiness into your life this is the style for you.

Kriya Yoga includes asanas, Pranayama breathing, mantras and meditation to help you raise your consciousness and energy levels. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that helps you release a false egoistic ideal of yourself. It will allow you to have more control over your own life. You will begin to recognize that as you gain more control you will start to feel less like the person moving through tasks and start to begin each phase of life as it is happening and be connected to that phase. Kriya yoga teaching will help you develop gratitude, trust and a connection to God in your life. You will feel a connection to God so that you can achieve an open door with God, communicate and begin to feel answers come your way.

Clarity and Focus

If you have the opportunity to go to a yoga retreat with full immersion of this style you will begin to realize quicker the difference that Kriya Yoga brings. You may begin to have greater mental clarity and your focus is more direct. You may feel an intellectual strength and growth and can achieve a lot more with less energy.

The techniques associated with Kriya Yoga will strengthen your intuition and your power of healing. Your immune system will get stronger and you will enjoy a healthy, nervous system, heightened energy levels, and a relaxed peaceful life.

Take the time for healing and making your body healthier and get to a yoga retreat where you can fully enjoy the benefits of Kriya Yoga. Align your mind, body and spirit through Kriya Yoga practice and wake up your power and consciousness so that you can live the level of life you deserve.

 

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