Face the challenges of life

Regular practice of deep breathing for eliciting the relaxation response is for those who actively want to face the challenges posed by an achieving and ambitious life.

Health benefits of self-care primarily Relaxation Response

Conditions that can be significantly improved or cured with self-care primarily Relaxation Response 

  • angina pectoris
  • cardiac arrythmia
  • allergic skin reactions
  • anxiety
  • mild and moderate depression
  • bronchial asthma
  • herpes simplex
  • cough
  • constipation
  • diabetes mellitus
  • duodenal ulcers
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • hypertension
  • infertility
  • insomnia
  • nausea and vomiting during pregnanacy
  • nervousness
  • all forms of pain - backache, headaches, abdominal pain, joint aches, post operative pain, neck, arm and leg pain
  • postoperative swelling
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • side effects of cancer
  • side effects of AIDS

Slow Breathing: An option to exercise to cultivate wellness

Slow breathing is volitional. It can only happen with our volition and attention when we want to do it and as long as we want to do it. Figure 1 graphically depicts its volitional nature.

Figure 1 graphically depicts the nature of slow breathing. We can make it happen with our attention. It does happen autonomically. We need to attend to every inhalation and every exhalation for it to happen.

Ordinary Breathing: Our Default Breathing Mode

Ordinary breathing merely helps us survive; it makes for ordinary lives.

Ordinary breathing is autonomic. It goes on 24/7 without our being aware of it. It goes on in waking state, in dream sleep and also in deep sleep when we not conscious at all. Figure 1 graphically depicts its autonomic nature.

Figure 1 graphically depicts the autonomous nature of ordinary breathing. It consists of exhalation following inhalation and inhalation following exhalation without us being aware of it at all.

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"Just Breathe" with Keith Olbermann and Monica Novotny

Published on Jan 22, 2013

From December 2, 2004

Category News & Politics

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Published on Jan 22, 2012

Hank & his clone Circus Hank explain the power of epigenetics, which studies the factors that determine how much or whether some genes are expressed in your body.


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