When it comes to your internal environment you are blissfully ignorant of your bodily needs, challenges and capacities.
You overeat – because you don’t know when you have eaten enough, you look up to specialists to tell you what food and how much to eat. How much water to drink, what exercise to do, how to sleep, how to enjoy sex…
Oh, the list is long enough to help you realize that you are cut off from your internal biological intelligence. Much of what really matters lies in your unconscious zone.
Your breathing is at the border-zone between your conscious and unconscious mind.
Normally - in your day to day experience – you breathe without being conscious of regular in and out flow of breath. Is it not?
Most of us tend to have very shallow and hurried breath that robs us of much benefit that a deeper abdominal breathing can offer. But the moment you want - you can consciously influence your breathing. You can breath lot more deeper and slower. Your breathing is influenced in a major way by your mood, haste and stress in your body.
By conscious and mindful control of your breathing you are reclaiming your knowing-ness of what life-secrets lie in the unconscious mind at this. Yoga, pranayam and mindfulness of meditation may provide you the door to connect with your intuition and your own body intelligence.
Swami Ram was such an example. He demonstrated it to scientific, skeptical observers. He could control his blood pressure and beating of his heart at will. He demonstrated that feet not to prove his superman capability. He brought it to light to awake all of us to this un-fathomed and unclaimed inner territory – the inner wisdom for a happy and healthy wholesome living.
Listen to this couplet from 'Hath Yoga Pradipika':
“When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when your Breath is still, so is your mind."
Yoga breathing or pranayam is conscious awareness and control of your breathing. Certain yoga breathing exercises are found to be specifically helpful in preventing heart disease and reversing blocks in coronary arteries.
Following pranayam (yogic breathing) exercises are recommended for your heart:
• Alternative nostril or Anulom-Vilom exercise.
• Kapal Bhati
• Brahmari or Nasal Snoring
It is easy to learn and practice these breathing exercises. One thing that you need is the commitment to begin. Just few minutes of yoga breathing everyday can powerfully complement your comprehensive lifestyle change program that includes changes in dietary and physical activity patterns for reversing your heart disease and preventing a pending heart attack.
But, as usual, you are suggested to check with your physician before you make any lifestyle changes.