Last Field Assignment!!
I did my field assignment on how breath excersizes can help your health. I do a lot of yoga, and I have learned through my practice the benefits of breathing correctly, and what it can do in order to help the organs and all that stuff inside your body!
A lot of people probably think its just about breathing in and breathing out, but a lot of people also dont know that HOW you breathe affects your liver, blood pressure, kidneys, posture, and so on.
There are two types of breathing: chest breathing and stomach breathing. To figure out which one you are put your left hand on your stomach and right hand on your chest. Breathe in and out a couple times and see which hand raises the most. If its your left hand, your a stomach breather. If its your right hand, your a chest breather.
Chest breathers are worse off than stomach breathers, and chest breathing is unnatural to the body. A lot of people learn to breathe with thier chest in order to make the little “pooch” in thier stomach go away, and sucking in their abdominals in order to look aesthetically pleasing in our society.
Chest breathing does not allow the person to take a full inhale, and keeps used carbon dioxide in the chest. It also makes breaths quick and short, which makes the heart work harder and faster pumping more blood through the system than is necessary, causing increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Stomach breathing is the natural, correct way to breath. Taking in a FULL breath and exhaling a FULL breath means pushing all of the air out until you feel like there is nothing left inside your lungs, and then you are able to increase and inhale your breath, taking in all new, fresh oxygen your body needs to feed the blood and bones. This also slows down the heart rate in order to pump the blood at an even paced level, decreasing blood pressure.
Breathing correctly can help reduce stress among other things, and a lot of the time when people are stressed out, taking a deep, full inhale and exhale can help regulate the body in order to calm down the nervous system as well.
Hope this helps all those stressed out people during finals week! =D Good luck everyone!