Breathing in Spring for April
Updated: Apr 23
Every second of our lives we engage in a magical process where our cells receive the necessary element of oxygen while dispelling carbon dioxide in the wonderful method of BREATHING. Our cells are reinvigorated with the breath thwarting the possibility of necrosis (cellular death) due to lack of oxygen as we inhale. The diaphragm, which is the thin muscle below our lungs that is primarily responsible for the expansion and contraction of our lungs, contracts and flattens creating a vacuum effect by changing the pressure and volume available in the lungs. Being mindful of this practice and participating in deep breathing allows us to observe how much more relaxed our bodies become during a deep exhale
Many ancient philosophies such as Taoism believe that our blood is our Qi which in vital force that flows through us. Our lungs allow us to direct our Qi in order to be able maintain balance within our bodies. You may think that it is solely the heart that has this function. I challenge you to shallow breath very quickly for 30 seconds. Assess your heart rate. Notice that your heart rate has increased. Access to consciously controlling our blood flow lies in our breathing. If you have ever witnessed Bruce Lee perform his 6 inch punch that sends a +200 lbs man flying backwards he lets out a spectacular yell as he breathed his Qi into his hand.
Wim Hoff is a breath master that has set the world record for longest time in direct, full-body contact with ice a total of 16 times, including 1 hour, 42 minutes and 22 seconds on January 23, 2009; 1 hour, 44 minutes in January 2010; and 1 hour 53 minutes and 2 seconds in 2013. He attributes these feats to his ability to control his breathing. He claims that anybody can do what he does with practice.Visit our site below for links to Wim Hof breath training videos!