There are many reasons to stay in bed and mull things over – the crap state of the world, working out how badly hungover you are, replaying difficult conversations that you need to have but have been delaying. On the other side of that coin, Breathwork can offer something magnificent to start your engine. Here are 5 reasons why you need to do Breathwork daily.
Reason No. 1 – It’s normal to feel a lttle slow in the morning and you DO need something to help move stuck energy
Get up soon after dawn and get moving with your breath. I use the Wim Hof method – I use the app on 4 rounds – to help wake me up without moving my body. Don’t get caught up using your smartphone for other things! Turn it off straight after you finish and complete your morning exercise routine. This style of of rapid breathing and breath holds really does help break negative thought patterns which are very common first thing in the morning.
Reason No. 2 – It expands your lung capacity and brings awareness to when you are not breathing optimally.
Doing a intensive breath workout in the morning improves your ability to be aware of shallow breathing, holding your breath, or starting to get anxious in the your belly. Once you have awareness, it’s easier to correct.
Reason No. 3 – You start to use your accessory muscles for breathing rather than your diaphragm for daily breathing.
Many of us have deep patterns of restricted diaphragmatic breathing. So other muscles come into play to compensate for the lack of movement e.g. the scalenes group, the sternocleiodmastoid in the neck, the internal intercostal muscles between the ribs, pectoralis minor and the abodominals. This can impact disgetsion, good posture, trigger exercise induced breathlessness and trigger neck and back pain. So training your diaphragm to move past the tension is important.
Reason No. 4 – It will relax you.
Although you need to use effort to take deep rapid breaths at the beginning of the day, the benefit of starting the day with the parasympathetic nervous system activated are many – greater focus and less grumpiness are high on my benefit list.
Reason No. 5 – You can gain insights and inspiration just by doing something with the breath.
The word used for taking a breath and feeling inspired is the same word ‘inspiration’. Yoy may gain an insight about what is the most important thing to achieve for the day. Or it may bring you more insight into your dreamworld that you just exited from. Be preapred for the inspriation to strike (although it doesn’t do this every morning!)
With some persistance, the above these 5 reasons to do Breathwork practice daily are infinite – I have done this method for 3 months now and it works (I do miss some days – I’m not perfect).