- Live in the present: be aware of your body, your mind, and your surroundings.
- Master breathing: consciously control your breathing.
- Control your autonomic nervous system: take a cold shower every day.
Posts Tagged ‘breath’
Your spirit (soul) is intimately connected to your breath. The spirit enters the body when a baby takes its first breath. The spirit leaves the body when the last breath is taken. –Laird Hamilton
Feeling stressed? Here’s how to release the stress. It’s a 4-minute nervous system reset. It restores the acid/alkaline balance in the blood.
Stand up. Shake your arms. Relax. Feel your feet.
Feel your hands and shoulders. Then do 30 deep
breaths. On the last breath, breathe out, hold it,
and then immediately drop down and do
pushups (no breathing).
I just did it. I feel great. Amazingly, I did more pushups than I’ve done in years. And they were done without any air in my lungs! Apparently the 30 deep breaths super-oxygenated my cells and it was that which powered me through the pushups. Awesome.
Before free-divers do a dive they spend time doing deep breathing and quick breathing. The purpose of this breathing is to maximize the amount of oxygen in the cells. The extra oxygen in their system enables them to dive deeper and longer.
In Scott Carney’s new book, he says that ordinarily he can do 20 pushups. While researching his book he attended a workshop where he and the other workshop participants did deep and quick breathing for an hour. At the end of the hour the participants were instructed to do pushups. Carney did 40 pushups – while holding his breath!
Today I figured that I would give this a try. I went for a one hour walk. During the walk I did a lot of deep breathing. After the walk I worked out. My personal best went from 2 reps to 5 reps!
Interesting note in Carney’s book: Controlled hyperventilation will increase oxygen saturation in the blood to 100%, but more significantly, it also expels CO2 which your body uses to gauge when to gasp.
Over the years I’ve tried to meditate: sit still, note any tension in my body and let go of the tension, observe my breath and adopt a steady, slow breathing pattern. But I quickly get bored with that and soon stop meditating.
Recently I’ve been doing the plank exercise. For the first couple weeks, all I could think about while doing the plank was how unpleasant and hard it is. But then I decided to shift my focus to my breathing and on mentally observing the pull of gravity on my body. Wow! What a fantastic change in perspective. Now I love doing the plank. I love watching my breath and mentally observing the pull of gravity on my body as I perform the exercise. The plank has become meditation for me!