Daily Breathing Exercises Improve Health Says Kleyne. Kleyne Says Most People Don’t Know How To Breathe To Stay Healthy.
What does it mean to you to breathe correctly? Is there any such thing? Not many people really think about these questions. They breathe more or less unconsciously because that’s the way they have always done it. After all, breathing is natural, right? Well, yes and no. Breathing is natural, yes, but it is also a great gift from nature. Earth’s atmosphere is rich with life-giving moisture, which we need to breathe in if we want to live and have a healthy life. But all breathing is not equal.
This is what Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, wants everyone around the world to understand. As she teaches proper breathing techniques, Kleyne draws for support on the beneficial practices of Tai Chi and Qigong Grandmasters Steven Aung, M.D. and Dr. Effie Chow, Ph.D., RN, LAc(CA), DiplAc(NCCAOM). According to each of these experts, breathing correctly, in concert with these 7,000 year old traditions, can improve health, increase energy and prolong life. Each agrees that correct breathing is one of the most important things one can do to improve and sustain peak health.
Kleyne, also the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, explains that to breathe correctly, one must inhale slowly through the nose, pause for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through the mouth. This deliberate practice teaches that breathing is primarily a balancing exercise. Like the ocean surf, inhaling draws life energy in; pausing before exhaling allows your body to absorb the moisture in the oxygen; exhaling expels waste and prepares for the next breath. You should practice inhaling from the diaphragm (at the bottom of the ribs) rather than from the chest or shoulders. A good cleansing breath, according to Dr. Chow, should take about 20 seconds: 10 seconds to inhale and 10 seconds to exhale. For most people, a breath lasts only three to five seconds. Aung recommends a minimum of 20 minutes per day of deep breathing exercises.
Breathing is the body’s primary life source and the interface with the surrounding atmosphere, Aung, Chow and Kleyne agree. Water vapor is the conduit between the two. As a result, breathing and water vapor are the two most basic necessities to sustain life on Earth. Lungs could not absorb oxygen without water vapor, Kleyne notes. Eyes and skin also “breathe” by absorbing water vapor and oxygen directly from the atmosphere. Lungs, like the skin surface, urinary tract and bowels, also flush toxins and waste.
Every human activity is performed with more control and energy, less stress, and greater harmony and centeredness when correct breathing technique is applied. The greater one’s skill and mastery over their breathing, the healthier and more successful they will be. The difference can be felt from the very first correct breath. Chow adds. Tai Chi – one of thousands of forms of Qigong – is a martial arts discipline as well as a holistic body and health discipline. Its exercises improve the ability to execute certain controlled martial arts movements. Correct breathing, according to Aung, Kleyne and Chow, is slow and deep and done with the entire body, especially the diaphragm. Infants are born with the ability to breathe correctly, but this skill diminishes as the child matures.
Kleyne, Chow and Aung also agree on the benefits of drinking pure water every day. The body does not expend nearly as much energy flushing and eliminating water as it does, for example, on flushing energy or caffeine drinks. Energy-draining drinks and foods are easily identified, Kleyne notes. They are foods we know are bad for us, either because they are hard to digest or because of high sugar, fat, cholesterol, caffeine or alcohol content.
Kleyne recommends eight-to-twelve full glasses of pure water per day, in addition to all other fluid intake. Tea, non-sugared juices and water with vitamins or slight flavoring added are acceptable choices to supplement one’s daily water. Caffeine, sugar, alcohol and carbonation are dehydrating and cause the body to lose water.
The objectives of Tai Chi and Qigong, everyone agrees, are balance, control and harmony of the body, mind and spirit. Chow observed that Western medicine can perform miracles for a broken body but that traditional ancestral healing is just as important. Each individual must take responsibility for their own health before symptoms develop. Breathing properly is a huge step in the direction of a long and healthy life.
Do you perform deep breathing exercises at any time during your day? Were you aware of the health benefits of deep breathing? Have you ever tried Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® or known someone who has done so? What’s the verdict? If you have a comment about this story or have stories you’d like to share, why not get involved? We’d like very much to hear from you! You can reach us in the following ways. Sharon@biologicaquaresearch.com 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 http://www.naturestears.com or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr