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The Way You Breathe Affects Your Whole Body

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Our breathing controls our emotions and our emotions control our breathing.  The way, style, and pace in which we breathe can have a dramatic impact on the state of our mind and body.

Have you ever paid attention to your breath?  A study in the Journal of Neurophysiology, reveals that several brain regions linked to emotion, attention and body awareness are activated when we pay attention to our breath.

Stressful situations cause shallow breathing. This sets off a signal to your brain to prepare your body for a fight, flight, or freeze response.

Staying calm and taking deep breaths, causes the complete opposite to happen. Our brain gets a signal and lets the rest of our body know that we can relax.

Shallow breathing has become very common over the years. Our breathing patterns have shifted in reaction to environmental, psychological, and physical stressors.

The good news, there are many different types of breathing practices to help you cultivate and cope with certain feelings. Mindful Minutes goes in to several of these practices below.

Feeling stressed? Try alternate nostril breathing or focus on your exhale.

Need an energy boost? Try practicing breathing exercises that involve breath retention or the breath of fire.

Wanting a variety of benefits? Try this 10-minute breathing sequence.

Breathing is one of the simplest ways to help control our emotions. Try these practices next time you’re stressed or need an energy boost and see how they make you feel!