“When we are aware of our body’s sensations, we can release physical pain, tension or stress through slow movements.”
― Amit Ray, Yoga The Science of Well-Being
For ages, there have been studies showing how different breathing patterns can help to activate our brain circuits. However in our extremely busy lives, there is hardly any chance to slow down and rethink about our breathing patterns. Because of the pandemic situation, we have all understood that taking care of self is the priority that we cannot miss. Yoga is gaining popularity because of its physical benefits. Different scientific studies have shown the impact of the breathing techniques and its positive impact on our brain and overall health.
Controlling our breathing can help to calm our brain and mind
A study in 2016 showed that there is a concept called breathing pacemaker that is in our neural circuit. It can be adjusted by controlled breathing and eventually influence our emotional well being. Paced breathing helps to focus attention and regulate our nervous system.
Regulating the blood pressure
When we say take a deep breath, it is basically an advice that is often unclear because we don’t really think beyond deep breath. It can actually help to manage our blood pressure and heart rhythm when done properly on a regular basis. The yogis online yoga classes in Sydney teaches various methods that over time can help to maintain your blood pressure and improve your health and well being. Slowing your breathing can help to improve the baroreflex sensitivity which is responsible to maintain the blood pressure and the heart rate.
Better control of emotions
Studies found that breathing by counting can positively impact neuronal oscillations throughout the brain, more specifically in the regions which is related to emotion. A number of activities were given to some participants and they were asked to take breaths in a period of 2 minute. This way, they could focus on the breathing and when they counted correctly, the area of the brain related to memory, emotion and awareness showed an organised pattern versus what it remains during a normal resting phase. This concluded an argument that controlled breathing can help to tap into deeper emotions.
“We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.” ― Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Impacts your memory
When breathing with the rhythm, our body generates electrical activity which influences our memory. It is however related to the fact whether you are breathing through nose or mouth. When inhaling properly, as a practice you might be able to remember certain objects as the brains emotional epicenter get stimulated.
Boost to the immune system
The parasympathetic nervous system helps to counteract the nervous system’s fight or flight response which is triggered during a stressful situation. If you are constantly practicing controlled breathing, the immune system resiliency will improve. In fact, studies have also shown improvement in energy metabolism, more insulin secretion and thus a better blood sugar management.