How to tell if you’re over-breathing...
⭐ Do you sometimes breathe through your mouth during daily activities?
⭐ Do you breathe through your mouth during sleep? (If you are unsure, do you wake with a dry mouth in the morning?)
⭐ Do you snore or hold your breath during sleep?
⭐ Can you visibly notice your breathing at rest? The more movement you see, the heavier the breath.
⭐ When you observe your breathing, do you see more movements from the chest than the abdomen?
⭐ Do you regularly yawn or sigh throughout the day?
⭐ Do you sometimes hear your breathing at rest?
⭐ Do you experience symptoms of over-breathing such as nasal congestion, tightening of the airways, fatigue, dizziness, or light-headedness, neck and shoulder pain?
These are all signs of over-breathing (hyperventilation). It is a myth that breathing more increases oxygen in the body. When we increase our breathing rate and volume, carbon dioxide within the body begins to drop. When this happens it reduces the bodies ability to transfer oxygen into the cells. Even if you take bigger and deeper breaths, the end result is the same. The body becomes deprived of oxygen.
The goal is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide lost with breathing, which then increases oxygen availability to the cells. On some level ancient yogis knew this. This is why slooooow, quiet, rhythmic, nasal and diaphragmatic breathing is recommended.
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