”Take a deep breath” The comment is common and considered a normal thing to say when someone is going through something difficult in their day or in their life. We all know that there is a benefit to taking a deep breath. Although we are not sure what is really happening, we feel the benefit instantly. We automatically take a deep breath when we are sad, as well as when we are mad. After teaching breathing exercises for the last 3 decades, writing a book, "I Breathe Therefore I am", lecturing all over the world, and after countless sessions; it became clear to me that ‘take a deep breath’ needed to be taken to a deeper place.
The air we breathe is much more loaded than is apparent. Everyone knows about oxygen and the fundamental need to breathe. But what about Prana, or Chi (the life force energy)? What about nitric oxide? What about the multiple sensors in our nose, head, and throat that analyze the incoming and outgoing air from our lungs? What about the calming effects of deep breathing?
We mostly don’t take the time to understand it because the process is run automatically. We don’t have to think about breathing; it just happens. Much like the heartbeat and digestion; they just happen. We only take interest in these bodily functions once something has gone wrong. We only look at the process if it stops working properly.
There are so many benefits to taking deeper more complete breaths. There is much literature scattered all over the place on the subject. There is a lot of ancient knowledge rooted in the history of Yoga. It is not always easy to decipher that information. As luck would have it, this course explains on a basic and functional level, how it all works. The beauty of breathing exercises is that they can be done almost anywhere. No setup required; just sit and go! Some breathing exercises can be a little noisy, so one might have to do a little explaining, but overall, it is mostly accepted and understood. You are just breathing. Explore the natural process of breathing. There is more than meets the nose.