The Direct Link
Humans have been known to survive for many weeks without food and many days without water, yet die within minutes when deprived of air. Breathing is the first thing we do as soon as we are born and the last thing we do before we die, but only few pay attention to the fact that it is the key to optimal health throughout our life.
Our relationship with life is mirrored in our breathing. When we’re nervous or excited, our breathing becomes shallow, jerky, and rapid. A relaxed and quiet state will create slow and deep breathing. There is a direct connection between our thoughts, our feelings, our actions and our breath.
Everything we do is reflected in our breath, and the quality of our breath influences everything we do. One who breathes slowly, deeply and consciously will naturally be more jolly, vibrant and charismatic.
Longer Breath – Longer Life
Animals with rapid rates of respiration such as mice who breathe a thousand times a minute have a shorter lifespan than animals with a slow respiration rate such as the tortoise, which breathes four times a minute and thus can live up to three hundred years. In this way, life span was measured in terms of the respiration rate and it was practically and unquestionably proved that slow breathing increases lifespan and rapid breathing hastens our death.
Humans breathe about 16-18 times a minute while inhaling about 13,000 litres of air every 24 hours. During exercise, anger, passion, and anxiety, the respiration rate increases, straining the heart and decreasing the lifespan.
Compensating for Shallow Breathing
Everyone wants to be healthy, active and free of disease. We keep looking for external means to help us accomplish this, but the easiest, most effective and readily accessible means is right under our nose, literally. The problem is that we are not always aware of our breathing patterns, and it is difficult for those who are habituated to shallow breathing to change the habit so quickly. But breathing properly even for a few minutes daily brings immense benefits and improves our health and efficiency for the whole day.
Gradually as we practice this process of breathing deeply and consciously for a dedicated time daily, we become accustomed to rhythmic breathing. Soon we start breathing rhythmically unconsciously as well. This is exactly what Nitaai Breathing helps us to accomplish. Nitaai Breathing not only innately calms us down, it affects our entire nervous system through conscious and rhythmic breath-work.
The deep slow-breathing of Nitaai Breathing helps to compensate for the damage incurred by our frequent impetuous and shallow breathing. It is widely known that: “He lives most who breathes the most air slowly.” And also that: “A shallow breather is a shallow thinker.”