How to Spring Clean Your Body Using Your Breath
The key to cleansing your body through your breath is to develop conscious breathing. You clean your house with a broom and a mop but did you know you can clean your body with your breath?
What is conscious breathing?
Conscious breathing is a broad term that refers to methods that improve the breathing function, the process of moving air in and out of the lungs to bring in oxygen and flush out carbon dioxide. The human body is designed to flush out 70 percent of its toxins through the breath. While we have this potential, most of us use only one-third of our full breath capacity, leaving unnecessary toxins in our bodies. You wouldn’t just clean one-third of your house – why clean just one-third of your body’s internal cells?
Benefits of Conscious Breathing
Conscious breathing involves directing awareness to your breath and developing habits that deepen and control respiration. You can think of the breath as a muscle and like all muscles, it grows stronger with exercise. Conscious breathing supports all aspects of your physical, emotional, and mental health. The key to radiant health, glowing skin, an elevated mood, and more energy lies in using your breath more consciously. Conscious breathing is practiced in most yoga classes, and it is an integral part of all pranayama mediations. After you learn the techniques, you can apply them all throughout your day.
It lowers your stress and anxiety.
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