Today I’m giving you one of my favorites. My husband Steve described it as, “A game changer.” He said, “I achieve the same high I get from an hour-long workout with just ten minutes of breathing. I feel recharged and clear.”
We often do it when we’re feeling low energy, uninspired, and unfocused. It’s the most energizing reset we know.
It’s so potent that it comes with a warning: Don’t do this near water, while driving, or if pregnant. Also check the list below given by Jean Hall Author of Breath* to see if there are any other conditions that might caution you from trying this technique.
The Red Bull of Breathing: it’ll give you wings to fly (yup, I went there)
In this video Steve is being lovingly violated with my camera hovering over him, Sophia rubbing his chest and Arjuna licking his face all while he innocently practices his midday pick-me-up breath work.
It’s a strong inhale and strong exhale through the nose. After 30s to a minute of this, exhale easy, inhale easy, and then hold your breath for as long as you feel comfortable. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Want to know why it’s effective? Here’s the geeky answer (to the best of my ability while trying to keep it somewhat simple):
Super ventilation lowers the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the system, slowing down the “inhale reflex.” Contrary to what you might think, having CO2 in the system is helpful. It’s a balancing act, but the more CO2 the body can tolerate, the more oxygen (O2) it can release into the brain and muscles.
The unusually long hold you’re able to do then gives time for CO2 to build up to slightly higher levels. More O2 releases into your system. Additionally the spleen will actually start to contract and release more blood cells into your system to help carry more O2 to your body.
When you try it you should feel clear, energized and ready to go because you just oxygenated your brain and body.
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