Strengthen Your Lungs Now with this Amazing Breathing Exercise With the world fighting a respiratory pandemic that will dramatically challenge the lungs and the ability to breathe, learning how to strengthen your breathing muscles may be a powerful preventative tool not to be overlooked. If 50% of elite athletes have diaphragmatic fatigue, then it is likely that all us us do.
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Breath Retention / Intermittent Hypoxia Breath retention, called kumbhaka in Ayurveda and yoga, is considered the most important aspect of pranayama or yogic breathing techniques.2 While it’s a practice that takes time to learn, research shows intermittent hypoxia (aka not having enough oxygen for short periods of time) has numerous side benefits, including neuroplasticity, stem
Superhuman Effect of Breath Retention Who would think it possible that a simple breathing practice could induce your body to produce regenerative stem cells, nitric oxide (the Nobel Prize-winning “panacea molecule”), and EPO (the performance-enhancing molecule that carried Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France victories)?! Modern science backing these ancient breathing techniques is in.
One-Minute Meditation with Bhastrika Yoga, including asana, pranayama (breathing), and meditation, became popular in the US in the 1960s and 70s when yogis from India were shown to be able to control aspects of their physiology that were previously thought to be involuntary.1 Based on these early Western studies, yoga has become a well-studied science,
Science now supports a fun and easy way to boost cognitive function, connect mind and heart, and break up old traumas held in the body, while supporting your blood, digestion, and immunity. It’s an ancient practice called brahmari pranayama that releases nitric oxide lying dormant in our nasal passages. I’ll unpack each of these fascinating
The body has two opposing nervous systems that act to either speed up or slow down various functions of the body. How you breathe determines which nervous system is activated. Startled by a bear, you would likely take a mouth wide open, gasping breath. When under stress, we cry, scream, yell or gasp, and run
Breathing, called Pranayama in Sanskrit, can be a balancing way to start and end each day. Follow this breathing technique for 5-10 minutes at least once per day, and ideally twice per day. You can do the breathing practices anytime of the day that works best for you. Use the following breathing meditation techniques to
In this podcast, Dr. John interviews Patrick McKeown, auther of Oxygen Advantage and founder of the Buteyko Clinic. Learn about the benefits of nasal breathing!
February 25, 2020 | 48 minutes, 53 secondsDownload Ayurvedic Detox According to Ayurveda, the lymphatic system should be evaluated first, as it is the largest and arguably most important circulatory system. In an attempt to simplify this complex system, I will say it primarily carries the immune system, delivers fats to every cell for energy
Ayurveda’s Strategies for Oxidative Stress What is oxidative stress? According to Healthline, it’s an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. The uneven number allows them to easily react with other molecules. Free radicals can cause large-chain chemical reactions because they react so easily with
Ayurvedic Anatomy of Psychology According to Ayurveda, we feel emotional impressions in the emotional heart. This is called sadaka pitta—the aspect of pitta that feels everything. These impressions are then transported to the brain through the carrying channels of prana vata—the emotional aspect of vata. Emotional impressions felt by sadaka pitta are carried and written
Yoga + the Brain Yoga, including physical postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation, have been studied extensively. Yoga has so many benefits, but for this article, I will focus on its effect on the brain and brainwaves. Studies show that yoga decreases anxiety while boosting cognitive function.1 A meta-analysis of 15 studies found that