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Learn To Breathe

 Diaphragmatic Breathing  How to Breathe During Exercise  Taoist Breathing

 Yoga Breathing or Pranayama  Avoid Breath Holding  Breathing Instruction

Better breathing enhances anything and everything you do. Enhanced breathing takes more oxygen into your tissues improving your health.


A relaxed, natural breathing pattern improves your circulation, (both blood and lymphatic circulation) which together nourishes and cleans up the body.

Since the lymphatic system is important to your immune system in fighting disease, better breathing improves lymphatic flow which improves your health.

Using your breath appropriately during exercise makes exercise more effective and safer whether you are doing a cardiovascular workout or a weight lifting routine.

Because many of us tend to breathe with shallow breaths due to poor posture and tension, we rob our bodies and brains of life enhancing oxygen. Learning to breathe well should be one of your first goals of getting back in shape.

Caution:  Breathing Exercises just like any exercise program should be cleared by your healthcare practitioner before you begin.

 Learn To Breathe with Diaphragmatic Breathing:

Diaphragmatic breathing uses the contraction and relaxation of the diaphragm to draw air deep into your lungs. This can calm your nervous system, reducing stress and tension which are major culprits to your overall health.  Diaphragmatic breathing is a great way to relax, and practicing relaxation is an important part of getting back in shape.

Try our Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise 1 - How To Breathe Diaphragmatically

Learn To Breathe with Exercise:

By using your breath properly while you exercise, you can avoid breath-holding (or val-salva) which can cause your blood pressure to rise. Recommendations often focus on exhaling as you do the more difficult contraction of the exercise. But it is also important to keep your breath flowing smoothly with deep and steady inspiration and expiration.

CardioVascular Exercise

Establish a rhythmic breathing pattern with your cardiovascular   workouts such as: Cycling, Swimming, Running and Walking.   Keep your breath flowing smoothly with rhythmic inspiration and expiration. As you progress, you can establish specific inspiration/expiration ratios.

Isotonic and Strength Training Exercise

Isotonic exercise involves contracting your muscles to move your joints  such as bending your elbows with a bicep curl or your knee joint with a hamstring curl.  Recommendations often focus on exhaling as you do the more difficult contraction of the exercise especially as you increase the difficulty of the workout with weight training.  This assures that you avoid breath holding.

Isometric Exercise

Isometric exercises involve contracting your muscle(s) without moving your joints or limbs.  With isometrics it is important to avoid breath-holding (or val-salva) which can cause your blood pressure to rise.  Counting out loud while performing an isometric can help you avoid holding your breath.

Learn To Breathe with Taoist Longevity Breathing:

Taoist ancient breathing practices can help you get back in shape and improve your health with each breath you take. By relaxing and slowing down your breath, Taoist Longevity Breathing teaches you to breathe with your whole body, giving your whole body health benefits.

As many exercise programs begin to recognize the importance of the nervous system and its effects, Taoist Longevity Breathing has been calming the nervous system for hundreds of years. It is preparatory to meditation. For instruction by Bruce Frantzis on Taoist Longevity Breathing choose his DVD or CD.  A great combination is to order his CD's along with his Book, Relaxing Into Your Being. Or find Longevity Breathing Classes near you.


 Learn To Breathe with Yoga or Pranayama Breathing:

Breath control is an integral part of Yoga. Using a series of positions, also called asanas, Yoga helps to restore healthy breathing patterns which improves your health. As with Taoist breathing, pranayama floods your body with more oxygen.

 Like Taoist breathing, Pranayama helps you prepare for meditation.

Some Yoga techniques involve breath holding. If you have high blood pressure or heart disease avoid breath holding.

For a combination of yoga breathing a walking, BreathWalk is a great start.


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