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Capturing Holistic Wellness with the Healing Power of Breath

Our life begins with our first breath and ends with our last breath. The breath accompanying us throughout our life journey is a complete resource for our existence. A happy, healthy, and fulfilling life depends on using this resource correctly and effectively. Breath, which is “the key to rebalancing the complex relationship between body, mind, emotions, and environment”, acts as a “unique portal” to improve our lives. With the healing power of breath, we re-remember who we are, our potential, and our passion.

I was reading the messages of the breath correctly.

The breath that accompanies us throughout life; takes shape according to our spiritual, mental, and physical state and harmonizes with us. Breath can adapt to the needs of our body moment by moment. Our breathing quality; reflects our emotional state, the level of stress in our body, and what is going on in our minds. In a holistic sense, it is a virtual mirror of our current situation.

Breathe when we read the messages it gives us correctly; it acts as a unique guide to where we are, how we feel, and how we should approach our essence. Think of a stressful moment when you felt threatened; In such situations, you take short and shallow breaths. However, in a safe and comfortable moment, your breathing deepens and slows down. Therefore, it is essential to “develop an awareness of how we breathe” to read the messages the breath is giving us. Modern and scientifically based look at ancient breathing studies

Throughout history, many healers have harnessed the healing power of breath to improve people’s holistic health. Today, there is still a perception that this powerful healing source, kept a secret in ancient times, is a spiritual practice. Many people turn away from these practices because breathwork requires high spirituality and is challenging to reach and understand.

Dedicated to healing people with the healing power of breath, Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. At this point, Patricia L. Gerbarg’s book The Healing Power of Breath, based on her experience of more than thirty years, proves the opposite of this assumption and shows that practical breathing exercises can also be learned from a book. In this book, Brown, and Gerbarg introduce “ancient breathwork, shaped by scientific studies, to help reduce stress and anxiety, increase concentration, and balance emotions.” With this book, we understand that breathing exercises, which traditionally have no place in the scientific world, can transform the nervous system quickly and easily. This time, “breathing exercises within the four walls of yoga centers” are presented in a simple, effective way and can be included in everyone’s daily life.

What problems can we heal with breathing?

Breathing exercises help overcome stress and increase the focus of our mind, bodily energy, and sleep quality. Various studies have shown that it is possible to balance the stress response systems by changing the breathing pattern, calming the mind in tense situations, relieving the symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, strengthening physical health and resilience, increasing performance, and improving relationships.

There are many ways to use the breath, a unique resource for holistic well-being. Proper breathing can alleviate many emotions, such as anxiety, fear, anger, guilt, and restlessness, and can support the treatment of mental disorders such as depression. The book gives proper breathing exercises to deal with common problems such as stress, insomnia, anxiety, phobias, depression, and mass disasters. Staying to your work and practicing it regularly can improve your physical health and endurance.

Healing relationships with the healing power of breath

We are all born with the ability to love purely. As life progresses, good or bad events that happen to us cover our true selves with layers of experience. This way, we can distance ourselves from our true selves with the defense mechanisms we have developed to protect ourselves. Breathwork can help us reconnect with our true selves, “finding the way back to our hearts.” Let’s look at the example given in the book for this situation.

Tony and Jessica lose their love after a tragic accident and attend Gerbarg and Brown’s workshop. As the workshop progresses, Jessica’s eyes water from time to time, but they do not observe a positive or negative reaction from Tony. On the second day of the workshop, unexpectedly, Tony raises his hand and says, “I want to say something to my wife.” says. He says he blames Jessica for their baby, who died in an accident they had with their children three years ago. Despite knowing it was a mistake, she admits that she punished Jessica with her silence and hated her, just as Tony’s mother did to him. “But I made a mistake. I hope you can forgive me because I truly love you,” he concludes his speech. So, where did Tony’s anger go?

Trauma leaves permanent scars on the mind. “In post-traumatic stress disorder, the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system functions poorly,” says Brown and Gerbarg. Breathing exercises play an essential role in activating the parasympathetic system. Breathwork has been instrumental in helping many people, like Tony, make sense of long-standing problems in their relationships and bring permanent solutions. The activation of Tony’s parasympathetic nervous system during the workshop caused him to feel much calmer and more open. In addition, during breathing exercises, different brain parts communicate better with each other in problem-solving. During the study, Tony realized that by putting the pieces of the puzzle together, his mother was punishing Jessica just as he had punished her and that this behavior was completely unhealthy.