5 Breathing Exercises for Asthma Relief

There are more than 3 million cases of asthma in the U.S.

In fact, you might know someone with the condition or deal with it yourself.

It’s a chronic disease where the lung airways are inflamed, narrow, swelled or are blocked by mucus to the point where lung function is limited. Read more

4 Ways to Increase Lung Capacity

If you’re feeling as though breathing is a little harder than it used to be, it might be that your lung capacity is decreasing. Lungs mature between the ages of 20 to 25 years old. By age 35, your lungs start to lose their capacity by about 2 percent every year. Although this doesn’t seem like much, it builds up over a lifetime. If you don’t take safeguards, by the age of 50, you might see that your lung capacity has decreased by a huge 30 percent. Read more

Breathing for Weight Loss: Legitimate Tactic or Bust?

In the huge rush to lose weight, countless weight loss tactics, tricks, and tools have popped up. From exercise regimens to diet plans to expensive surgeries to pills, there’s a weight loss plan for almost every personality.

And yet another plan that has recently entered the scene is a weight loss plan based on breathing techniques. Read more

Control Stress and Conquer Anxiety With Alternate Nostril Breathing

When you are feeling stressed, sad, or frustrated, one of the first things you want to do is regain control over your emotions. After all, the best way to deal with a situation is calmly and rationally — two things that are hard when your reasoning skills are being overtaken by strong emotions. But what’s the fastest and most effective way to regain control? The secret, used by top personalities including Hillary Clinton, is in your breath. Read more

How to Use Breath Control Exercises to Relieve Stress

Breath control — it’s not just a vocal technique for professional singers or a term reserved for yogis. It’s an effective and important tool that helps us reset our internal systems after experiencing stress. Read more

5 Yoga Breathing Techniques to Master and Enjoy

Although you may not give much thought to your breath during your day-to-day life, some spiritual practices, such as meditation and yoga, make your breath front and center.

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class before, you may be familiar with the constant reminders to “watch” your breathing. Oftentimes, the yoga instructor will spend as much time prompting students to breathe in and breathe out as they will showing them how to do the actual yoga moves.

There is a whole fascinating world of breathing techniques within the practice of yoga. Read more

Breathing Techniques for Running: The Best Methods

Running is a great form of exercise and meditation in motion. It requires no equipment — just a pair of reliable sneakers and your body. All you have to do is choose where you want to run and, after a warm up, you’re on your way.

What most beginner runners (and some more experienced runners) might not know is that there is another important factor that affects your quality of run.

It’s your breathing pattern. Read more

Combat Breathing: Use the Same Breathing Techniques as Soldiers

Special force SWAT teams, police officers, and Navy SEALs are consistently involved in high-stress situations. They serve, protect, and are often the first ones in the line of fire. In fact, these jobs could be considered as some of the toughest jobs in the world.

In the midst of these critical situations where split-second decisions have to be made under immense pressure, how do they fight the stress reaction and maintain control?

They employ a little tactical breathing. Read more

How Does Breathing Change During Exercise?

There’s nothing like a sprint to the bus stop to remind you of just how quickly you can change your state of mind and body.

One moment, you’re strolling along towards your regular stop. It’s morning and you’re still feeling sleepy. Suddenly, you see your bus rushing towards your stop earlier than normal. Fear and anxiety mount as you calculate that if you don’t rush, you’ll be missing your bus be late for work.

Almost instantly, your mind sharpens and your muscles feel invigorated as you sprint towards the stop and arrive in time to slip through the doors as they close. Read more

A Guide to Proper Breathing Techniques

Breathing is something we rarely think about. It was our first natural action at birth and it happens automatically: Air comes into our lungs and air comes out. But breathing can also have a substantial impact on our mental and physical health. Read more