“To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the day:

“To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies

and minds.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

We have established that food supplies the fuel to provide the body with energy, but how does it happen?

In a car the engine produces energy by the petrol or diesel exploding in a chamber. A coordinated series of controlled explosions in multiple chambers called cylinders turn a shaft, which in turn spins the wheels of a car.

So how does the human body harness energy? Cells must have energy, but they do not run on explosions, instead the cells can be thought of meeting their energy requirements from a slow burning furnace, which releases energy from a constant supply of fuel by combining it with oxygen.

The fuel that we use biologically comes from the carbohydrates and fats we eat and the actual process of respiration occurs within the cells where the nutrient fuel is burnt with oxygen to release energy.

The nose, trachea (windpipe), lungs, circulatory system and their attendant muscles, are all out to transport and modify oxygen from the surrounding air to make it readily available to individual cells.

In order for oxygen to become available for use in the cell, it undergoes a journey from the atmosphere through the lungs and circulatory system and finally into the cell itself.

Air is inhaled through the nose and into the chest and encounters the trachea, which leads to the lungs. The trachea a smooth tube-like structure splits into two smaller tubes called Bronchi one supplying each lung. The Bronchi branch off like the limbs on a tree getting smaller and smaller until they end up as tiny bronchioles and each of these in turn end up as tiny air sacs called alveoli. It is here that the gas exchange occurs. The oxygen is absorbed into the bloodstream flowing through its capillaries surrounding the alveoli.

For this process to work efficiently there should be a balance between the amount of blood flowing within the capillaries to absorb the oxygen and the amount of oxygen transported to the alveoli by breathing. The controlling of our breath is therefore critical to the efficiency of the body’s energy production.

The quality of this breathing process is of great importance in maintaining health and energy production.

Anxiety is associated with chest breathing and many people attempt to suppress their fears by holding in their stomachs and stilling the diaphragm.

People also hold their stomachs in for body image, whilst diaphragmatic breathing pushes the abdomen forward and a protruding stomach is not fashionable in our society. Hence we are told to push our chest out and hold our stomach in, keeping it tense which leads to an increased reliance on chest breathing.

Through practice and awareness we need to change the habits of a lifetime and learn to breath in a more efficient manner to boost our energy production, reduce stress and fatigue levels and maintain good health.

When I teach yoga I always start my class or private session, with the participants lying still on their backs with their eyes closed and get them to concentrate on their full quality yogic breath to calm their minds and bring them away from the stress of their everyday lives in preparation to begin the yoga practice.

I find it fascinating that I can really tell people’s personalities just by observing them in this breathing position. The people who cannot lie still and have to open their eyes and look around at everything and everybody else tend to be flighty in everyday life and struggle to focus.

I advise my clients that anytime they feel upset or under pressure take time out in the sanctuary of their bedroom or their own space and lie or sit still with their eyes closed and breath for 5 to 10 minutes, the calming effect is virtually immediate and it is amazing how it rejuvenates you and you can continue your day in a much better place and space both mentally and physically.

If you would like further help with your breathing, yoga or general health and fitness, please go to steveagyei.com or email me at steve@steveagyei.com

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream


Steve Agyei

Founder of Beyond Lifestyle Secrets

Author of Celebrity Training Secrets

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