Breath affects our mental state
The quality of our breath helps to relax the mind and enhance the ability to learn, focus, concentrate and memorise. The brain requires a great deal of oxygen to function and increased intake of oxygen helps us to achieve clarity, feel grounded and productive. It also relieves stress, anxiety, depression and negative thought patterns. Breathing properly can help us overcome addictive patterns of behaviour and eating disorders as well as igniting creativity and passion.
Breath elevates the digestive system
Deeper breathing results in an increased blood flow in the digestive tract which encourages intestinal action and improves overall digestion, alleviating Irritable Bowel Syndrome and constipation. In addition, deeper breathing results in a calmer nervous system which in turn enhances optimum digestion.
Breath improves the cardiovascular system
Deep diaphragmatic breathing tones, massages and increases circulation to the heart, liver, brain and reproductive organs. In one study of heart attack patients, 100% of the patients were chest breathers whose breathing involved no diaphragm or belly expansion. Another study found that patients who survived a heart attack and who adopted an exercise regime and breath training afterwards experienced a 50% reduction in their risk factor of another heart attack over the following five years.