In a very real sense, not just metaphor, we are our breath. Without it, we cease to exist. The universe inhales and exhales. As above, so below.
But not all breathing has the same benefits. Nasal breathing works better than mouth breathing by filtering incoming air, purifying it, and increasing our production of Nitric Oxide (NO). As a matter of fact, research shows that humming at 130 Hz while exhaling through the nose increases NO production by a factor of 15.
From our page on Structured Breathing Techniques:
NOTE: Do not take the following as medical advice. When in doubt, consult a government-approved provider and/or do your own research, think critically, and experiment mindfully. Remember that it’s called private practice for a reason… they practice in private.
Never force your breath. Make it long, deep, and enjoyable on both inhalation and exhalation. When in doubt, easy does it. Tingling often occurs especially as a person goes over 18 breaths.
General Performance States
Studying (such as a new language) – Alpha breathing technique 9-81 breaths.
Public speaking Theta and then Delta breathing using only left nostril for both 9-81 breaths.
Meditation? Theta and Delta depending on the type of meditation 9-81 breaths.
Writing Alpha and Theta breathing (left nostril) 9-81 breaths.
Sports Theta breathing through left nostril 9-81 breaths.
Performing arts Alpha breathing, 9-81 breaths.
Lovemaking Delta breathing left nostril 9-81 breaths.
(There will no doubt be many people Delta breathing through their left nostril!) :))
Negative Emotional States? Alpha then Theta breathing with left nostril only, 9-81 breaths. Simply ask yourself, “What is bothering me now?” Then breathe through the levels.
Sleep? Theta and Delta Right Nostril 9-81 breaths.
Headaches? Theta Left Nostril, Delta Left Nostril 9-81 breaths.
Cancer? Alpha breathing 9-81 breaths.
Stroke? Alpha breathing 9-81 breaths.
Heart Attack / Prevention? Theta breathing through left nostril, 9-81 breaths.
Diabetes? Alpha breathing, 9-81 breaths.
Asthma? Delta breathing left nostril 9-81 breaths, followed by Alpha breathing 9-81 breaths.
Allergies? Alpha breathing 9-81 breaths.
Brain injuries? Alpha breathing 9-81 breaths followed by Delta breathing through left nostril 9-81 breaths.
EMF & Interference / Sensitivities? Theta Breathing, Left Nostril 9-81 breaths.
Heavy Metal Toxicities? Theta Breathing, Left Nostril 9-81 breaths.
Observations noted from Structured Breathing™
* A more regulated autonomic nervous system * Reduction in anxiety and toxicity states
* Easier, more balanced emotional states * Instantaneous pain reduction
* The ability to let go of the past * Greater physical endurance and recovery
* Reduced glitches in neurology * Greater Mental Concentration, Clearer Thinking
* Smoother, more uniform, body function * Going into the Zone more easily
* Increased oxygen intake * Greater Lung Capacity
* Reduced pathogenic loads * Balanced Breathing of Inhalation and Exhalation