Deep breathing - deep nourishment

Regular pranayama to stay fit and healthy

Benefits of deep breathing

Deep breathing Vs Shallow breathing

We need oxygen to live and every cell in our body needs oxygen. Our heart is constantly pumping oxygenated blood to all the parts of our body from head to toe and the process of oxygenating the blood is carried in our lungs. So when our breathing is deep, our lungs get enough oxygen and in turn oxygenated blood is transported to all the parts of our body. However we usually do not breath deep enough and hence there is not adequate amount of oxygen supplied to all the cells in our body. 


Power of positive thinking

Deep breathing - 1St exercise of pranayama

Practicing deep breathing for about 2-5 minutes as the 1st round of pranayama session every morning, calms our mind and eases any tension that might be there in our body. It removes any blockages that might be there in our nostrils or our trachea and we can comfortably perform the remaining pranayama or breathing exercises.


How to do deep breathing exercise

Breathing is something that we have been doing right from our birth till date and as long as we breath we will be alive. As the name suggests deep breathing is just about breathing deep and inhaling as much air as you can comfortably inhale without feeling any stress. Lets put it in simple steps


1. Sit in a comfortable position preferably as you would sit in order to do meditation. Close your eyes. 


2. Take a deep breath through your nose and let your breath flow down into your belly, as deep as you comfortably can. The inhalation should be smooth and regular, no need to breath-in in a hurry or apply any force. 


3. Without holding the breath, breath out through you nose. Like inhaling, the exhaling should also be smooth and regular, no need to breath-out in a hurry or apply any force. 



4. Normally the breathing in takes about 4-5 seconds and same time goes for breathing out.



How much to do

Do the Deep breathing exercise for about 2-5 minutes. If you are doing it for the first time, like if you have started pranayama newly then it is advisable to do Deep breathing exercise just for 2 minutes during the 1st week and every week you can increase it by a minute. So 2 minutes for the 1st week, 3 minutes for the 2nd week, then 4 minutes and finally you can start doing for 5 minutes.  



Today we are used to sitting before computers for long periods of time and we dont even notice that our breathing becomes very shallow. Even when we are engrossed in some other works we might be doing shallow breathing. With shallow breathing, all the cells in our body does not get enough share of oxygen and nutrients, shallow breathing also makes our body feel more stressed. 


So deep breathing and other breathing or pranayama exercises should today be seen as a necessity and prioritized in our lives.


Recommended further reading

Meditation -Instructions to follow and benefits

This is one of the Pranayama or breathing exercises, so all the instructions given on the main page of “Pranayama” should be followed. These additional instructions should also be followed

1. The inhalation and exhalation should be smooth and regular. Remember there is no discomfort or strain while doing deep breathing or any other exercises of pranayama, instead they are always relaxing. 

2. As you breath in or inhale feel your belly rise and as you breath out or exhale feel your belly fall. 

The benefits of Deep breathing are many, just to highlight a few of them

1. Eliminates stress from our body and makes it more relaxed. During deep breathing even our brain cells receive enough oxygen and this helps it to function more efficiently. 

2. The benefits of deep breathing can be easily experienced when we are tired after a run or after climbing 12 floors. Just do deep breathing for a minute and feel the relaxation.

3. Even if you are emotionally unstable, anxious, angry or wrathful doing deep breathing will relax and pacify you. A person can develop the habit of deep breathing for 3 minutes whenever he is into some quarrel or there is any sort of disagreement with someone. This will pacify the person and then he can take better and more informed decisions. 

4. Detoxifies our body and develops our immunity.

5. Improves the functionality of the digestive system.

6. Lowers the blood pressure and makes it normal

No one can be advised to avoid deep breathing because avoiding breathing is like avoiding life and the deeper our breathing is, the better it is for us. 

However pregnant women or a post operated person should perform deep breathing slowly, there should not be any sound of breathing.