Can we change our emotions just by breathing? Plus 3 ways of breathing that will help you

Can we change our emotions just by breathing? Plus 3 breathing techniques to help you relax easily

Breathing is present in many oriental disciplines. Whether martial arts, yoga, practices such as Tai Chi, transcendental meditation, or ayurvedic medicine, breathing is a fundamental tool. If you can control your breathing, you can control your mind, and of course your body. 

While for anyone related to Eastern culture, breathing is an essential point in the welfare agenda, in Western society we need to prove it.

Scientists in the United States conducted an experiment with patients who were about to undergo surgery.

They gave them instructions to see if their brain activity would change according to the rhythm of the breath. Indeed it changed. And a lot!

Properly applied, breathing techniques can activate certain areas of the brain, improving our emotional control.

Conscious breathing enhances the connectivity between certain parts of our brain, allowing access to internal processes that are normally inaccessible.

This would allow us, for example, to control emotions, decide to stay awake despite being tired or suppress certain thoughts.

Here are the main breathing techniques you can learn! Don't miss the opportunity to use your breathing to help you. It's simple and very relaxing!

1. Diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing

Can we change our emotions just by breathing? Diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing

This technique involves our diaphragm, the muscle that separates the rib cage from the belly, and is very useful in combating symptoms such as anxiety.

To see if we are performing it correctly, it is best to place one hand on the chest and the other on the belly and observe which one rises when we breathe. It should be the second one.

The technique: take a deep breath through the nose, while we observe how the hand placed on the belly rises.

Make a small pause and release the air through the mouth slowly. Repeat this sequence for at least 10 minutes.

2. Alternate breathing

Can we change our emotions just by breathing? Alternate breathing

This technique consists of alternating inhalations from each of our nostrils.

It is a simple breathing and its realization can induce us to a state of calm and relaxation very beneficial for our body and our mind.

The technique: In meditation posture, cover the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale slowly and deeply.

To release the air, cover the left nostril and expel it through the right nostril. Repeat the same mechanism in reverse.

3. Full Breath

Can we change our emotions just by breathing? Full Breath

It is done in three phases of inspiration and three of expulsion and can be done either sitting, lying or standing.

It is a technique that can bring us multiple benefits, such as expanding our thoracic capacity, training our self-control and inducing us into a state of serenity and concentration.

The technique: Place your hands as in abdominal breathing.

Breathe in slowly through your nose, bring the air towards your abdomen, then towards the area of your ribs trying to expand them and finally towards your collarbone.

Hold your breath for a few seconds. Begin exhaling in the opposite direction. First the clavicle, then the ribs, and finally the abdominal area until the air runs out. Do several repetitions

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