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Regulating the Breath

Regulating the Breath

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Regulating the Breath

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Dr. Daniel Farrant

Science has proven that breath control exercises are an effective device for calming the brain and body. Simply deepening and regulating the cadence of breath oxygenates the bloodstream and brain. This dilates the vascular system so that more blood flows and more freely. It also reduces blood pressure, and releases muscle tension that creates inflammation and pain.

 

Most importantly, it switches off the sympathetic nervous system, which is designed to get us ready for “fight or flight”. When the system is running (and in today’s world, it’s liable to be “on” most of the day), we’re not only nervous and agitated, we're ingesting a steady drip of toxic hormones and neurochemicals. 

 

Regulating the breath quickly switches us back into “rest and digest” parasympathetic system. In this way, it’s the simplest and fastest route to reducing stress in the moment. 

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