Why Should I Do Pranayama: Are We Breathing the Right Way

Last Updated on May 26, 2020 by admin

It is obvious that we are all breathing right since the time of birth. Breathing is something that occurs naturally and automatically, even when we are sleeping. Therefore, it might seem imprudent to think of teaching one about how to breathe. Well, this might sound so but it is becoming the need of the hour. Yes! Supposedly, we all need to learn how to breathe because our breathing becomes restricted in different ways, habitually. All credit for this goes to our unhealthy habits that we have inculcated, knowingly or unknowingly.

What Is Wrong with Our Breathing?

Well, our breathing has somehow become too quick as well as shallow. This is restricting the intake of oxygen in desired amount due to which out body starves for oxygen that is essential for each of those million cells. This results in a toxic build-up inside.

What are the Ill Effects of Shallow Breathing?

Shallow breathing fails to provide proper exercise to the lungs, which means they become weak in some functioning and gradually tend to lose their vitality. To this, add the sedentary lifestyle, which makes use only 1/10th of our overall lung capacity. Although this is enough for survival, it is insufficient for a high vitality, higher resistance to diseases, and longer life.

Apart from that, our body becomes susceptible to diseases because it is oxygen that makes us resistant to such conditions. This means we catch more Colds and develop other ailments more easily. Further, lack of oxygen supply badly influences all body parts. For example, when oxygen does not reach the heart in adequate amounts, a heart attack or stroke is the most common outcome.

According to the scientists, a strong connection exists between the mental state and respiration. Inadequate oxygen or improper breathing results in reduced mental ability, evident as mental tensions that, in turn, trigger breathing that is more restricted. Well, this becomes a vicious circle.

According to different researches made, lack of oxygen is a major cause of fatigue, anxiety, gas, low immunity, dizziness, muscle cramps, sleep disorders, heartburn, visual problems, chest pain, and cancer, as low oxygen level transforms normal cells into cancer cells

What Results in Shallow Breathing?

Well, there are many reasons behind our fast and shallow breathing. However, the key ones are hastiness or hurries that make movements and breathing fast and shallow, increasing stress, getting too emotional, anxiety, and anger. These unfavorable emotional states of brain influence the rate of breathing, making it quick and shallow. To this, you can add the modern automation that has reduced physical activity as well as deep breathing incidences. Further, the modern technology is pushing us to work more and more indoors, which means more exposure to pollution and consequently less air intake for protecting oneself from pollution.