The simplest and most powerful technique for protecting your health is breathing. I have seen breath control alone achieve remarkable results: lowering blood pressure, ending heart arrhythmias, improving long-standing patterns of poor digestion, increasing blood circulation throughout the body, decreasing anxiety and allowing people to get off addictive anti-anxiety drugs and improving sleep and energy cycles.
- Dr. Andrew Weil
BreathYoga Effects on Health
Improved immune system function
With connected breathwork and breath holding it is possible to influence the sympathetic nervous system and immune system within a short time frame. Clinical studies indicate that this could be especially important for the treatment of chronic inflammation, especially auto-immune diseases.
Other techniques such as breathing and humming increase nitric oxide in the upper airways which acts as a host defense against incoming viruses. This is currently being investigated as a treatment for Coronavirus breathing difficulties. Anecdotal experiences also indicate that strong breathing exercises to expel the buildup of mucus from the lungs has also been of huge benefit to patients suffering from covid-19.
Boosts in energy, performance, and endurance
Both conscious breathwork and conscious breath holding can deliver remarkable gains in physical performance.
Minimal breathing and breath holding, called ‘intermittent hypoxia training’ has been used in professional sports training since the middle of the 20th century and is now starting to catch on more widely.
Credited with the world record breaking performance of runners and swimmers, breath holding stimulates the production of red blood cells and performance enhancing proteins within the body.
Breathing techniques such as Resonant Frequency Breathing influence the nervous system to turn down unneeded inflammation in the body.
Excess inflammation is common in today's society and appears to be part of every malady including auto immune diseases, depression, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
The effects of toning this aspect of our nervous system through breathing also has positive effects upon socialization and relationships.
Reduction of Stress and Anxiety
In a recent study at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, it was discovered that when breathing was made conscious, the areas of the brain are linked to emotion, attention and body awareness started activating.
The findings of this study are taken to mean that through the control of our breath, we gain conscious access to the brain and nervous system.
When you use breathwork to relax, or calm yourself, or to deal with a difficult time, you’re using a very, very powerful tool that will actually affect the workings of your brain.
Breathing and longevity
According to a massive, multi-year study on heart health, lung strength is strongly correlated with longevity.
Researchers on the Framingham Heart Study found that over 29 years and over 5200 test subjects indicated that a reduction in lung volume was the best predictor of death from any cause. This was more important of a determination than analyzing what you eat, how much you exercise or how much you weigh.
You can influence the strength and capacity of your lungs and minimize the natural decay that the body goes through with age.
Lowered blood pressure and improved brain function
Research shows that with just five minutes of breathing with resistance can strengthen your inspiratory muscles, significantly lower blood pressure and make your memory sharper.
It is called ‘Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training’ and is possibly one of the best leverages of your time on your health that you can make.