RESPIRATORY REHABILITATION| PRANAYAMA
When it comes to coping with stress overload, your breath is one of the best remedies there is—and it’s free!
Sooner or later, most of us feel a little depressed or anxious, and certainly all of us know what it’s like to feel tired. There are many different ways of treating these feelings, from exercise to meditation, from medication to a healthy nutrition. But you may not realize that you have a safe, effective, and inexpensive remedy right at hand for each of these conditions. What is this magical elixir? Your own breath.
As yogis have known for centuries—and as medical science is beginning to discover—the breath has amazing recuperative powers. By controlling the breath (a practice called Pranayama), it was found, it could alter the state of mind. The three pranayama practices engages what scientists call the parasympathetic nervous system, a complex biological mechanism that calms and soothes us.