Breathwork is a wonderful tool for healing the body, releasing trauma, activating dormant parts of the brain, creating new neural pathways, gaining insight, improving clarity and focus, and much more.
Our breath is the one function in the body that is controlled by our autonomic nervous system (it happens in the background without our having to think about it), but it is also something we have conscious control over. We can control and manipulate our breath to heal, relax, and balance the nervous system.
This breathwork technique for longevity involves deep, rhythmic breathing and breath retention. Rhythmic breathing is required to perform the breath retention. Diaphragmatic rhythmic breathing increases oxygen in the body and improves blood flow and circulation. The breath retention (breath hold) lowers your oxygen levels in your blood so you go into intermittent hypoxia, which creates a deep meditative state, awakening dormant parts of your brain.
CARDIAC HEALTH: Improves circulation due to vasodilation and growth of new blood vessels.
BRAIN HEALTH: Blood flow is improved to organs that use up a lot of oxygen like your brain. This may even lead to activation of dormant parts of the brain, improving cognitive function and memory.
ANTI-AGING/LONGEVITY: May activate stem cells into circulation for regenerating cells in your body.
ENDURANCE: Improves fitness and stamina as you produce more red blood cells, new blood vessels and increase blood flow to your organs.
RAPID TARGETED HEALING: Combined with additional visualizing exercises you can invoke a healing response in your body for quicker healing times.
How to do the method:
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