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13 Benefits of Breathing Exercises

Breathing to reduce stress?

If you are wondering what are the benefits of breathing exercises, you are probably aware that few of us in our stress filled world breathe naturally, freely, and harmoniously. Our mostly shallow and constricted breathing undermines our health on many levels.

On the other hand, when you breathe deeply, you deactivate your stress response and activate the relaxation response.

Your body and mind respond on many different levels. Breathing then has benefits on your body, emotions, cognition (thinking), and your spirit.

Some of these benefits are immediate, such as feelings of relaxation and peace, others, such as ability to respond to stress better, can be seen over time with longer practice of breathing exercises.

Many people use breathing to reduce stress, however, there are many more benefits than stress relief. The following are 13 benefits of breathing exercises:

  • deep relaxation
  • more oxygen in the body (blood and tissues)
  • pain relief
  • more stamina
  • expanded lung capacity
  • improved sleep
  • ability to respond to stress better
  • increased vitality
  • feelings of well-being
  • more happiness and joy in life
  • clearer thinking
  • improved concentration
  • increased self awareness

As you can see, there is much to be gained from practicing breathing exercises. Before you begin with any exercises, make sure you talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

Many people take advantage of these benefits of breathing exercises and regularly practice certain breathing techniques. Some of these techniques are:

Breathing meditation technique

Diaphragmatic breathing

Breathing relaxation techniques


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