The Power of Breath

I got into acupuncture to avoid travelling for work.  I expected that it would be a career that would involve staying put, but for some reason I am still a frequent flyer.  With seminars, symposiums, meeting up other acupuncturists, mentors, and council meetings, I tend to travel at least once a month.

I don’t know if you know, but flying is very hard on the body.  For one, when you fly you get exposed to radiation being in high altitude.  You are also working on an irregular schedule, time changes, inflammatory foods, and sitting for most of the time.  Let’s not also forget all of the surprises you get like “oh, surprise your flight is delayed or cancelled”, or “surprise there’s mega traffic on the way to the airport”…  So much stress can be involved! In my previous career I had to travel and fly weekly and saw my health rapidly declining.

Since my body goes through so much abuse and stress when I travel, I tend to increase my supplements and also focus on making breathing exercises a huge priority.  I find that there is a lot of waiting around while you travel and these are great opportunities to do breathing exercises.  Plus, it’s free 🙂

Specific types of breathing will lower your cortisol levels right away, lower your blood pressure, relax your brain, bring you more peace and so much more.  You can do this sitting on the bus, after a stressful meeting, if you are feeling anxious, if your kids are annoying you…

There is so much power within our own body. Breathing helps connect your brain to your body and naturally helps you be healthier.

Here’s one of my favourites.  It’s called the box breathing.  It is taught to highly trained soldiers to help them remain calm in stressful events.

  1. Inhale for 5-6 seconds.
  2. Hold the breath for 5-6 seconds.
  3. Exhale for 5-6 seconds.
  4. Hold the breath for 5-6 seconds.
  5. Repeat the process.  Try to aim to do 10 cycles if you can.

You can picture a box while you are doing this as it might help – picture breathing up one side, then hold across, down one side and hold across.  If you can’t do it for 5-6 seconds you can try it for 3-4 seconds.

If you want to learn more about a super powerful breathing technique, check out our article on the Wim Hof method.

There is so much power in breathing exercises and we want to empower you with your health!

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