As I prepare for a performance or audition my body ramps up with adrenaline, which elevates blood pressure, shortens my breathing and in general creates unease here in my body. Today, I am consciously deepening my breath and finding places where the body just doesn’t want to expand – tense maybe?
The yogis tell us that shallow breathing creates a state where we are more vulnerable to disease. In biological terms, we know that deeper breaths draw the diaphragm down and expand the openings in the diaphragm through which the major blood vessels in the body pass. This allows for optimal flow of oxygen and waste gasses. So, breathing to stay healthy makes perfect sense!
Laughing has the same effect! So, as a gift to your body, try expanding your breath – give up that ideal flat belly for big deep inhalations, then draw in the navel as you exhale. Try it all day today and see how you feel! Who knows, you might just reach enlightenment.