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Deeper Breathing May Not Really Be Deeper

The danger is that if deep breathing is done incorrectly one can invite arrested personal improvement, restrictive lung disease, lack of oxygen,  increase in difficulty breathing and shortened lifespan. Do not confuse forced deep breaths with easy BIG breaths. Forced big breaths are not easy naturally DEEP breaths. They just LOOK larger. 

A recent Lung Association ad reads "If when you smoked, you inhaled deeply, you probably were breathing in a way which actually promoted relaxation."  Yes, and it was VERY temporary so you had to do it again and again and again for 20-40 times (cigarettes) a day and that is partly what you got addicted to; the illusion that the cigarette was relaxing when it was really mostly the deeper breathing. Many smoke to relax or to energize and the breaths they take are are quite different, depending.

True, optimal, deeper breathing fills the lungs with increased vital capacity, facilitates stress reduction, heightens the relaxation response, works as a sort of breath based oxygen therapy and enhances longevity.  Your skin becomes more radiant looking and full of life giving energy, your brain works better, eyes have more sparkle with better vision, your heart function becomes easier and more efficient, and every cell in your body operates better.  

Shallow breathing works against all this but to breathe deeper out of balance is far worse as it overdrives the nervous system causing harmful to deadly stress.  Shallow breathing needs to be differentiated between "quiet" breathing. Quiet breathing is how you breathe when you are relaxed. Shallow breathing is breathing that is not deep enough to be performing life's "normal" functions. One problem with quiet breathing being referred to in the "normal" category is that science believes normal to be in areas I believe to be sub normal or inviting illness and mediocre performance.

Forced deep breathing may initially help with some emphysema cases, for example, but not all. Other aspects of the negative breathing patterns will worsen.

Forced deep breathing may or may not help initially but if prolonged, it invites restriction in later years and teaches one's breathing system to tighten up instead of let go.  Letting go is a major factor to developing volume and extended lifespan. One major factor is to be able to sense, measure or assess quickly and easily on a day to day basis to see if your breathing is improving or deteriorating. Then you can learn how to stimulate the breath without inhibiting rib cage expansion.  Concurrently you must learn how to develop the diaphragm. It is relatively easy if approached from the proper foundation but often like a rocket ship just one degree off course, the further it travels the further away it becomes from its intended destination.   

Mountain climbing breathing
Not deep, not shallow. Here is a PDF about climbers that gives tremendous insight about my use of hyperinhalation instead of hyperventilation as being the better way to look at breathing more in a good way. You have to use up the excess aerobic reserve so as to not overbreathe.  learn more. The technique is similar to Kundalini Breath of Fire but making very sure you stay PNS dominant.

UDB includes critical aspects of: Cognitive deficits, Emotional reactions, Personality changes, Consciousness shifts, Interpersonal skills, Perceptual-motor skills, Physiological systems, Vascular system, Digestive system, Nervous system, Respiratory system, Musculoskeletal system, Reproductive system. Develop your breathing FIRST and many or all UDB symptoms will improve or disappear.

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The breathing improvement techniques, practices and products outlined in this publication are extremely gentle, and should, if carried out as described, be beneficial
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