Inhale Exhale: The Health Benefits of Breathwork in Meditation

Inhale Exhale: The Health Benefits of Breathwork in Meditation

Posted by Eileen Durfee on 22nd May 2021

If you've ever had someone tell you to "take a deep breath," you know it's good advice for someone who's upset, angry, or panicking. Controlling your breathing can help you feel calmer and back to yourself again.

Deep Breath

If you practice breathwork meditation on a regular basis, it can help you reduce your stress, calm your mind and body, and nurture your spiritual wellbeing. Breathwork refers to various types of breathing exercises and techniques you can use to consciously adjust your breathing patterns.

If you haven't tried meditation breathwork before, you may not be aware of the benefits it can have on your overall health. Here are some reasons to give this relaxation technique a try.

Release the Stress

Life is stressful. But instead of taking time to relax, many people refuse to slow down. This only compounds their stress and can lead to anxiety and depression. It's important to learn that it's okay to take care of yourself and focus on your own needs.

When you're feeling stressed, you tend to take rapid, shallow breaths. This depletes your body of the oxygen it needs and increases your intake of carbon dioxide. This can lead to rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and excess tension. Meditation breathwork teaches you to stop and take long, controlled breaths that counter feelings of stress and anxiety.

Long deep breaths from the abdomen help release tension and bring you to a calmer and more centered frame of mind.

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Gain Stamina

When you feel tired and sluggish, you can't perform your best at anything you want to do. A chronic lack of energy can affect your job, your social life, and your relationships over time.

Lack of Energy

Breathwork increases oxygen levels in the blood which helps to improve your energy levels. Practicing breathwork on a regular basis may boost your stamina and your desire to lead an active life. This can lead to more energy to tackle all the things you need to accomplish in your day and more endurance during exercise or physical activities.

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Regular physical activity is also essential for controlling your weight and boosting your immunity too. Incorporating breathwork into your regular routine is good for your stamina and your overall health and wellbeing.

Enhance Self-Awareness

How often do you slow down and reflect on what's going on in your life? If you're like most people, you may think you're too busy to stop and think.

Breathwork may help you slow things down for a little while and experience a deep sense of self-awareness and presence of mind. If your mind is always racing or you spend time worrying about every little thing, breathwork can bring you some tranquility and inner peace.

Some people describe feeling happy or joyful, while others feel as though they enter a dreamlike state during breathwork. This can lead to greater mindfulness and self-awareness in your daily life and in your relationships with others.

Although you can practice breathwork at home, it's a good idea to consult or attend a class with a skilled teacher of this practice before you begin.

Improve Your Sleep

Many factors influence the quality of your sleep. Bringing home stress from work, poor eating habits, air quality, and more affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Your mental state of mind impacts your ability to relax and get a good night's sleep. Although you can't eliminate all forms of stress or worry from your life, you can find ways to manage your stress and quiet your mind.

Practicing meditation breathwork relaxes your nervous system which leads to feelings of calmness and relaxation. Practicing breathwork before bed is a great way to decompress and let the stresses of the day go for a little while.

This can help combat worries that keep you awake and reduce the effects that too much sugar or caffeine has on the body.

Mediation breathwork combined with aromatherapy at night may help you relax, fall asleep faster, and sleep better through the night. If you lie awake at night and deal with insomnia, give breathwork meditation a try.

Reduce Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may have tried many different pain relief methods. You may not want to rely on pain medication and are searching for something to ease your discomfort.

Chronic Pain

Many people find breathwork has a therapeutic effect on their pain.

Breathwork allows you to connect with your body and its amazing capacity to heal itself. When you breathe deeply, you release endorphins. These feel-good endorphins reduce pain sensitivity and boost pleasure.

As you practice breathwork, you also reduce cortisol levels in the body. This helps relax your muscles and ease the pain.

Control Negative Impulses

Practicing meditation breathwork can help you become more centered and less impulsive. Many people find it helps them have more self-control in stressful situations.

Learning how to control negative impulses can benefit your life in so many ways. It can help you deal with life's day-to-day stresses as well as deal with impulse control in tough situations.

If you have impulse control or anger issues, breathwork can teach you new ways of coping and controlling negative impulses.

Breathwork can help you achieve a level of mindfulness that allows you to exercise self-control rather than react in the heat of a stressful situation.

Aid Digestion

When you feel stressed about life and all its struggles, it affects every aspect of your health, including digestion.

Breathwork is calming to your body and can enhance the digestive process. It helps stimulate blood flow in your digestive tract and may ease symptoms of gas and bloating as well.

When you're dealing with stress and worry, it's easy to reach for comfort foods, fast foods, sweets, or other unhealthy choices. Stress coupled with fatty foods spells disaster for your digestion.

Breathwork meditation affects you on an emotional level. As you reduce your anxiety levels, you're more likely to make healthier food choices that are easier to digest and better for your overall health and vitality.

Release Toxins

Deep breathing increases your lung efficiency, promotes heart health, and helps detoxify the body. Regular breathwork expands the diaphragm, relaxes the body, and stimulates the lymphatic system.

All of this leads to an increase in the body's capacity to release harmful toxins, including carbon dioxide.

As you breathe deeply, you release toxins and increase the supply of oxygen-rich blood to your cells. This can also enhance your physical activity or workouts, leading to more efficient detoxification.

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Strengthen Your Emotional Health

When you bottle up past trauma, fears, and emotions, it affects your physical and mental health. The practice of meditation breathing focuses on centering the body and getting in touch with your true self.

Breathwork helps you slow down any negative thoughts you're experiencing and deal with them in a positive and calm way. This leads to more self-awareness, allowing you to control your emotions and your emotional response.

These exercises are easy to do and don't require expensive gym memberships or fancy equipment. Find a relaxing spot where you can meditate and focus on yourself for a few minutes of your day.

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Conditions That May Benefit From Breathwork

In today's fast-paced society, everyone seems to be in a hurry. Levels of stress, anxiety, and depression are at an all-time high.

The pandemic has forced many people to change their lifestyles and has led to loneliness or worsening mental health for many individuals. When life is stressful, chronic health conditions can become harder to manage.

Feeling Lonely

Today, breathwork is a popular therapy for many who suffer from a variety of physical and mental health conditions. Some of these conditions include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Emotional effects of chronic illness
  • Insomnia
  • ADHD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Smoking cessation
  • Labor and delivery
  • COPD
  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic pain

The way you breathe affects your entire body. Understanding this and practicing meditation breathing techniques can help you feel calmer, more centered, and more able to handle the pressures of everyday life. In turn, this may help you feel better, ease your pain, and improve your cardiovascular, digestive, and immune health.

The Health Benefits of Breathwork Meditation

As you can see, breathwork meditation has become a popular way for people to deal with the stresses and challenges of life. People use breathwork to combat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and a variety of physical and mental health conditions.

If you're new to the idea, it's worth your time to keep an open mind and give breathwork a try. Many people benefit from breathwork and find that it soothes their mind, body, and spirit.

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