Breathing is what I always focus on the most myself, and also when I teach people.
Most of the time breathing is controlled by our subconscious mind so we don’t have to think to breath, but that’s why when our emotions change, usually our breathing automatically changes too.
When we get nervous, scared, angry, panicked, or shocked etc, our heart beat gets faster, then our breathing gets faster and shallow.
Breathing is directly connected to our subconscious mind, so controlling breath with our conscious mind is one of the keys to controlling our emotions.
Controlling our mind and emotions are very important to be healthy and energetic, which I explained on the previous article about “MINDSET".
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We can get a lot more benefit from changing our breathing.
Controlled, slow, and deep breathing takes maximum air (oxygen) into our body and brain, so it makes our body and brain function work at their best.
Putting more oxygen into our body makes more energy, and quick recovery from muscle fatigue, and even makes quicker injury, and sickness recovery, makes our immune system stronger, even against serious sickness such as cancer, since cancer cells thrive in low oxygen environment.
Martial Arts breathing method is using our lower part of stomach ( TANDEN 丹田 ),
which is supposed to be the centre of our body.
Controlled, slow, and deep breath with focusing TANDEN movement, which make us aware of the centre of the body, that make all the Martial Arts moves and techniques better.
Also It’s known that this kind of breathing can make a hormone called serotonin work better in the brain, so it promotes a feeling of calm and relaxation.
Whenever you have a little moment, try this breathing method, especially when you feel tired, busy, stressed, or depressed from work etc. That will recharge your energy, and make you feel like you are reborn!!