How To Breathe Properly (and why that matters)

September 30, 2015


We hear it from everyone.
Weight lifters, yogis, martial artists, anxiety relief therapists, spiritual teachers, sports players.

We can even lose weight,
… by breathing properly.

Want to get more energy in your life?
Do some breathing exercises.

Want to relax?
Breathing exercises.

Want to be more mindful?
Breathing exercises.

Want to be centered and grounded in your body?
Yup, breathing exercises.

Want to connect your root chakra to mother earth?
Breathe dude, breathe.

Want to connect your crown chakra to the heavens?
For the love of archangels, breathe.

How can we meet pretty girls?
The only question that really matters.
Answer: Deep deep super deep breaths.
(ok this one’s not real, but I bet someone out there is teaching this idea)

I’ve always wondered why breathing matters.
No one has explained it properly to me other than in mysterious ways.

Well, I’m happy to say I’ve finally found a source that explains it crystal clear. And it comes from a yogi dude. He explains it in medical terms first, then in mystical terms. And I did not have to read a thick 500 page book to figure it out. Only about 20 quick pages.

The Medical Side
It talks about how the oxygen enters the nose, gets filtered by the nosehairs, gets warmed up as it enters our body, gets filled in the lungs. And mixes with stale blood to make it fresh again. This blood goes back to the heart and to the rest of the body. And oxygen is used by all systems in the body, even helps us digest food properly.

The Mystical Side
He says that the air contains properties science has yet to discover. Specifically, prana. And when we breathe deeply and properly, we are soaking up prana from the air into our bodies. I don’t know if this is true but I’ll believe it. Why not? There is no downside to breathing deeply.

I do know that there are things such as stale air and fresh air. The air near mountains, forests, and waterfalls have more negative ions. While air in industrial places and office buildings tend to be more stale. That’s why people recommend using negative ion generators indoors.

And the proper way to breathe is not thru your upper chest, or your rib cage, or thru your deep belly. It’s to do all three at once. May people recommend deep belly breathing, but doing that alone is incorrect, according to this method.

Anyways, the book is free. All the info is there.

The Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath by Yogi Ramacharaka

Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
This changed my life.

Other Resources:
Jumpstart Your Metabolism – Pam Grout (book)
tip: her recommended breathing is the 1:4:2 ratio (in, hold, out). So if you breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 16 (4×4), and breathe out for 8 (4×2). This is also what Tony Robbins calls the Power Breath

Three Breathing Exercises – Dr Weil (stimulating, relaxing, mindfulness)

Wein VI-2500 High-Density Ionic Air Purifier

Yogi Ramacharaka seems to be a pseudonym for the new thought dude William Walker Atkinson, who studied hindu teachings.