For thousands of years spiritual seekers, mystics and yogis have realized the innate spiritual quality of the breath. If we stop breathing for just a few minutes we are dead. Life force is therefore contained in the breath that we breathe. Yogis for ages have used the powers of breath to transform consciousness; indeed a psycho spiritual reaction takes place with the use of these breathing techniques. which has profound effect on our health.
Proper breathing has profound effects on our health. Over 70% of waste by-products are eliminated through our breathing and our skin. When our blood is heavily oxygenated it becomes very difficult for viruses and bacteria to grow in our body. Good breathing supports muscle growth and energy to get things done. Very often our 'breathing mechanism' is in need of healing as a result of the breathing trauma we sustained a birth. The umbilical cord was probably cut too soon for many of us. Our first breath was filled with fluid, painful, scary and the result of being hit!
Whenever we undergo difficult moments in life, now we tend to hold our breath. This then shuts down the musculature of the whole 'mechanism', creating body armour, thus locking in place the tension of the difficult moment. Moments begin to pile up like this and soon we are only using 20% of our capacity to breathe, thus having only 20% of our energy capacity.
Altered states of awareness and profound healing are possible with just using the breath. Today we are privileged to have teachers to instruct us on the proper use of the breath for these purposes.
Scientists have done research on things that give us lots of energy to do all we need to do go from rags to riches physically, mentally and spiritually. Of all these things, from coffee to ginseng to artificial stimulants to working out, they found that just 15 minutes of deep breathing can give us all the energy we need for the day. This book covers the numerous benefits that simple breathing techniques, which are described here, can bring us.