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Slow diaphragmatic breathing and Nirvana for Mental Health

15. 07. 2022 - By Nirvana Fitness
The power of the breath has been known for centuries. Rather one refers to it as Chi, Prana, or simply Respiration, the way we breathe is not only the sustenance but the very proof of Life. How and when we breathe has an effect on every part of our being. This has long been known and manipulated through ancient breathing and energetic sciences such as Pranayama and Qi Gong. Medical science today backs these practices up with research showing tangible evidence of the positive effects of mindful diaphragmatic breathing.

What the science is saying about conscious breathing ...

The Mayo Clinic reports that "conscious breathing allows you to shift and release negative energy... increase alertness and oxygen flow and balance the autonomic nervous system”, as well as, "ease symptoms of stress-related disorders and mental health conditions such as anxiety, general stress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

These and other benefits, both physical and subtle, can be accessed through the Breath. Rather in Yoga, meditation, martial arts, or other activities which seek to connect mind, body, and spirit, a practitioner can unlock themselves and their health in ways they may have never thought possible. Breathwork allows us to go within and connect our inner and outer worlds.When dealing with mental problems or disorders, this is of the utmost importance.

Breathing and mental issues ...

Most of the time, mental issues are about how a person perceives and interacts with their outer world. Aside from biochemical imbalances and literal physical trauma, many mental illnesses can be helped, if not healed, with a shift in perspective and releasing of reactionary body tension. With a steady routine of bringing oneself back into focus, the triggers of mental diseases become less ominous and overwhelming to the individual. A realization arises, that one doesn’t have to follow and relive their past experiences of these triggers every time they appear. Slow breathing, because of its effects on the vagus nerve and the autonomic nervous system, can take you out of the programming that you have followed this far, and allow for a fresh, in-the-moment, and often more appropriate response to whatever Life throws at you in the Present. This takes the weight of one’s past traumas and experiences out of the moment.

In modern society, not everyone one has time or interest in learning these valued ancient practices. Even those who are health conscious may not know much about accessing this higher plane of performance and experience. That is why new, fresh ways of doing so are needed!

How can Nirvana help?

Nirvana is one of today’s most superior means of bringing these benefits to life. By combining movement, breath, and purposeful self-awareness techniques, Nirvana helps you get into the Flow. The Flow is the experience of not only heightened awareness but also optimal performance in motion. This can help you with stress, anxiety, depression and numerous other mental afflictions just by bringing you to a higher plateau within. The ability to be fully present while in activity, especially once it has become routine, can be very powerful in this way. One becomes happier, healthier in multiple ways, and less reactionary. Using Nirvana as your go-to program of health, mindfulness, and fitness will unlock this reality for you.

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