Breathe to Heal

With anxiety, stress, and sleep dysfunction skyrocketing around the globe, it's time we look at the unspoken reasons why. These debilitating challenges can be meaningfully impacted with ten to twenty minutes of breathing exercises per day. Max Strom,who has taught breath-work for 20 years, reveals his insights into the healing power of the breath.

Prana - your energy and you

We're always bombarded with stress and anxiety, hampering our energy levels. We need to make sure that we maintain our energy levels in a positive way. Nephrologist, Dr. Usha Peri, and Art of Living Instructor, Ram Sankaranarayanan will be explaining the concept of Prana (life force in Sanskrit) in this deeply engaging talk.

Pranayama: Extend Your Life by Extending Your Breath

Eight years ago Jim Kambeitz faced a choice: have another knee surgery or do yoga to heal and realign his joints properly. He had lost his ability to walk, so he knew that if he was to heal he’d need to commit to a serious daily practice. Months later, Jim was surprised to find that in addition to healing his knee to the point that surgery was no longer necessary, yoga transformed his life.

Benefits of Deep Breathing

Deep breathing lessens the risks associated with internal carbon dioxide levels because the inhalation and exhalation process is longer. Retaining carbon dioxide in the blood makes it more acidic and causes a dangerous drop in pH. Slow uptake of air ensures that oxygen is able to bind to the blood, and slow release guarantees that carbon dioxide waste is leaving the body.

Why breathe?

Breathing allows us to eliminate toxic carbon dioxide from our bodies while supplying our heart and lungs with oxygen that is necessary for cellular respiration and the generation of energy necessary for an organism to function. Cellular respiration is the process of using glucose (from food) and oxygen (from breathing) into a high-energy molecule known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is usable by cells. We breathe so that oxygen is able to penetrate the depths of our lungs and enter the bloodstream so that it is available for the cells to use to generate energy.

What is breathing?

Breathing is a fundamental process of the body. Naturally, it is an involuntary function that is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. However, respiration itself is an active process since it requires the contraction of thoracic (chest) muscles such as the external intercostal muscles and the diaphragm (lower band-like muscle of the respiratory system). As multicellular organisms we have conscious control over our skeletal muscles, and thus we are able to exercise control of our own breathing regardless of the body’s involuntary capability to breathe on its own.

Purpose of the Nervous System

Any system where there is a constant exchange of matter and energy from the surrounding environment is called an open system. This makes the human body itself an open system because there is a continuous input of essentials such as oxygen and water as well as output of carbon dioxide and waste. Essential inputs and outputs also include the body’s specific responses (via afferent neurons) to stimuli (as perceived by sensory neurons).


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