Breath is the bridge between body and mind
Changes in the body affect breathing
Changes in the mind affect breathing
Changes in breathing affect the body
Changes in breathing affect the mind
Test your Breath
1. Place your right hand on your chest.
2. Place your left hand on your abdomen.
3. Breathe gently and notice which hand moves more than the other.
– Greater movement of your right hand indicates chest breathing and the activation of your sympathetic nervous system, possibly resulting in:
• Irregular heartbeat
• Higher blood pressure
• Constriction of arteries
• Increased muscle tension
• Reduced oxygenated blood to the heart
-Diaphragmatic or belly breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping regulate:
• Heart rate
• Blood pressure
• Muscle relaxation
• Increased oxygenated blood to the heart
1. Breathe out through the mouth.
2. Breathe in to the count of 4.
3. Hold the breath in the body to the count of 7.
4. Gently breathe out through the mouth to the count of 8.
Repeat 2-3 times. Do not exceed more than 4 cycles at a time.
According to Dr. Weil, this breath exercise induces the body’s relaxation response as described in diaphragmatic breathing test.
Dr. Weil further recommends placing the tip of the tongue at the roof of your mouth during these 3-4 rounds of the Relaxation Breath.