Nervous System Review Why breath work is in your best interest...Have you ever noticed how noisy the world is with all the feelings, judgements, and opinions of the influencer culture. I am not the youth of today but I feel the stress and confusion of the youth these days. It is like time is speeding up and there are all these "hacks" to be a happier version of ourselves, when what is really important is that we take the time to learn about OURSELVES and what the SELF needs.
Coaches have begun to that breath work like it is a simple hack, when in truth it is highly nuanced. It is not like going keto or doing fancy work outs.... but some of the techniques out there are making it seem that way. Breathing is required for survival and we cannot really go too long with out air before we expire. It runs our nervous system or perhaps our nervous system runs our breath, or better yet they are symbiotic.
The breath is intricately tied to our emotions, sleep, performance, food cravings, and an array of other daily things it is important to understands the basics. Now I know that I have been over this before in some of my webinars but I would like to chat about it here a bit.
There are 4 parts of the breath:
Making the inhale longer than the exhale is a fast way to accelerate your sympathetic state.
Making the exhale longer than the inhale is a fast way to down regulate your nervous system.
The retention and suspension vary their effect depending on length of all parts of the breath.
I personally do not recommend fckin with the longer, faster inhale..... in majority of cases. There is a better way and it is also dependent on the context of your life.
If you are looking to start a breath work practice, the most effective, and basic, is a 6 count inhale and a 6 count exhale.