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The Science of Breathwork and How Impacts Your Health

the science of breathwork
Welcome aboard, fellow adventurers, as we embark on a thrilling exploration into the science of breathwork! Hold onto your hats, because we’re about to unravel the intricacies of that simple yet profound act you perform every moment of every day – breathing!
So, grab your oxygen tanks and prepare to plunge into the hidden depths of how your breath impacts your health in ways as exhilarating as a rollercoaster ride!

The science of breathwork at different levels

Nervous System

Picture your body as a bustling metropolis, where two rival gangs vie for control over the city streets. On one side, you have the “fight or flight” crew, led by the adrenaline-pumping Sympathetic gang. On the other side, you have the “chill and relax” squad, headed by the tranquil Parasympathetic gang.

When we take deep, slow breaths, it’s akin to playing the smooth operator, convincing the Parasympathetic gang to take the lead, ushering in peace and tranquility. But in times of stress, when our breath becomes shallow and rapid, it’s like the Sympathetic gang crashes the party, transforming the city into chaos faster than you can order a cappuccino. This delicate balance between the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic nervous systems highlights the profound influence of breath on our overall well-being.

Hormonal Circus

Enter cortisol, the drama queen of your body’s big top circus. When stress rolls in, cortisol seizes the spotlight, juggling fireballs and igniting mayhem – from anxiety-inducing acts to heart-pounding panic performances. Fear not, brave souls!

Through the power of breathwork, we can send cortisol back to clown school, teaching it new tricks and restoring harmony to the hormonal circus. Deep, rhythmic breathing activates the body’s relaxation response, reducing cortisol levels and promoting a sense of calm and balance. By harnessing the breath, we can tame the wild antics of cortisol and cultivate a more serene internal landscape.

Cardiovascular Carnival

Now, picture your heart as the star performer in a dazzling carnival parade, with Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as the confetti that keeps the party popping. With each deep breath, we conduct a symphony of heartbeats, choreographing each pulse with precision and grace. Our breaths don’t just maintain the rhythm; they transform our cardiovascular system into the ultimate dance floor, where every heartbeat becomes a celebration of life! Studies have shown that practices such as deep breathing and mindfulness meditation can enhance HRV, indicating improved cardiovascular health and overall resilience to stress. By engaging in conscious breathing exercises, we can optimize the function of our heart and promote greater vitality and well-being.

But hold onto your seats, because the science of breathwork isn’t merely about maintaining bodily harmony; it’s a whimsical journey through the inner workings of existence itself. So, the next time life throws a curveball your way, remember to take a breather, channel your inner circus ringleader, and transform the chaos into your very own breathtaking spectacle! 🎪🌬️

Saquare Breathing

Let’s try a simple yet powerful breathwork exercise called “Square Breathing”:

  1. Find a Comfortable Position: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position where you can relax without any distractions.
  2. Begin with a Deep Breath: Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, filling your lungs with air. Feel your belly expand as you breathe in.
  3. Hold the Breath: Once your lungs are full, hold your breath for a count of four seconds. Keep your body relaxed as you hold the breath.
  4. Exhale Slowly: Now, exhale slowly and completely through your mouth for a count of four seconds. Feel your belly gently contract as you release the air.
  5. Hold the Exhalation: After exhaling, pause for another count of four seconds before inhaling again. Keep your body relaxed and your mind focused during this pause.
  6. Repeat: Continue this pattern of inhaling, holding, exhaling, and holding for several rounds. You can gradually increase the duration of each breath cycle if you feel comfortable.
  7. Focus on the Breath: As you perform the square breathing exercise, focus your attention entirely on the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body. Notice the rhythm of your breath and how it feels to breathe deeply and intentionally.
  8. Practice Regularly: Aim to practice square breathing for at least 5-10 minutes each day, or whenever you feel stressed, anxious, or in need of relaxation. Consistent practice will help you build resilience to stress and cultivate a greater sense of calm and balance in your life.

Remember, the beauty of breathwork lies in its simplicity and accessibility. By incorporating this square breathing exercise into your daily routine, you can tap into the transformative power of your breath and experience profound benefits for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. So, take a deep breath, square it off, and let the magic unfold! 🌬️

Mariposa (Ana Cristina Alcalde)

Mariposa (Ana Cristina Alcalde)

Founder of RESPIRA TU AMOR, a lifestyle where we change lives from the Root using Tantra, Breathwork and yoga.