Sharing what has be given by my Beloved Elder Pa’Ris’Ha
Breath is life; it affects every aspect of our being. Breath is what we share with the trees. We breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. The trees breathe carbon dioxide and release oxygen. To see the delicate balance of nature is to see how the tree and mankind actually depend on each other for survival. Without breath life does not exist. We begin life with our first breath. By the age of 7 to 10 we have altered the natural breathing pattern as a result of fears, insecurities, and anxieties and have become shallow breathers. A child who has not been taught fear uses abdominal breathing.
Many diseases are a result of poor circulation and lack of oxygen in the body. Heart disease, respiratory disease and, stomach ulcers result from improper breathing techniques developed out of fear. Because of the importance of our breathing patterns and the way they affect our health, we as individuals need to do personal assessments of our breathing patterns so that we might bring them into proper balance.
In order to do a self evaluation the following assessment may be done on your own. :
Lay flat on your back with your hands on your belly button. Breathe in a normal fashion for a minute or two, observing whether or not your hands are rising up on the inhalation. This would determine the degree of abdominal breathing.
Full abdominal breathing helps to activate and utilize the lower lobes of the lungs. The following exercise would facilitate achieving this pattern.
Get in a comfortable position, lying or sitting. Begin inhaling slowly through the nose to the count of 5, hold to the count of 5, and exhale from the mouth, to the count of 5. As you breathe in, feel the stomach/abdomen rise. Fill the lungs completely. This extends the lungs capacity to bring oxygen in and release impurities. You may increase count as you progress. This will relax and alleviate stress in the body.