The yogis of India created a science around particular breathing techniques that if carefully applied over a period of time would yield certain outcomes. They named this particular science ‘Paranayama Prana’ as the crucial force that can create many currents of energy in one’s body. Breathing, if properly done can regulate food digestion, the circulation of blood, levels of stress affect moods, etc. There are breathing techniques that range from lowering ones heart rate to healing deep emotional scars to cleansing the body of impurities.
Our breath has lots of secrets that have been examined by many cultures like the Taoists who discovered many healing methods. The Taoist, like the yogis of India, found the presence of subtle meridians that exist on an energetic level and have deep and intricate influence on the functions of the mental, physical and emotional health of a person. Reiki, for example performs at a more faint level. When one places their hands on another person it is like an open conduit of healing, energy there is combined at the subtle level which can allow the healing of many afflictions. There is also another form of breathing that can enable a person to unlock pent up emotional traumas that have been repressed.
This method of applying the breath as a tool to heal deep emotional trauma and pain from our delicate body is called rebirthing. This conscious breath work is a very effective method of opening our awareness to the various influences that have been hidden from our normal conscious. A lot of our decision making occurs in that particular instant. The thing that many people do not realize is that the output of information for that quick choice making period has gone through the unconscious supercomputer before rendering its results. For example if the unconscious mind is infected with a “virus” of deep emotional trauma, emotions that we are in denial of, conflicted emotions, the decisions can be self destructive, limiting and aiding to a recurrent cycle of creating more pain.
These are just some examples as to the great health and mental benefits that proper breathing can benefit one who is looking for a healthier and more conscious approach to life. An old yogi once said that, “When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still.” One would be smart to take to advice of an old man.