01 Jun Breathing and Meditation
Breathing is vital to life; if we were not able to breathe, we would not be alive. As much as breathing is essential to life, proper breathing is essential to health. According to Dr. Mercola however, 80% of the Western population is breathing incorrectly. This high number can be attributed to modern living and any of its factors including stress, sitting at a desk all day, and even excessive talking.
Much like stretching, breathing is often overlooked. Proper breathing can be practiced on its own or in conjunction with yoga and meditation. Together, all of these practices show benefits of:
- Decreased stress
- Decreased anger and/or depressive symptoms
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased inflammation within the body
- Decreased blood pressure
- Decreased pain
- Increased quality of sleep
- Increased cognitive performance and memory
- Increased immune system
- Increased heart health and reduced cortical levels
- Increased quality of life
They have also been shown to help with an extensive list of chronic illnesses and diseases including, but not limited to, heart disease, fibromyalgia, PTSD, depression, anxiety, diabetes, insomnia, and tension headaches.
For all of the above reasons, we have been running a meditation and breathing class every Tuesday at 1pm. During these classes we work on using our breathe to tune into our body. Then begin to work on building body awareness through small movements following the breath, as well as tai chi. We end with a full body relaxation meditation to allow the body to absorb the work that it has done.
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