6 benefits of breathing fresh air
The other day, I was feeling kind of tired. So, I casually went out to get some fresh air, and there I saw my favorite peepal tree. I sat under this tree and practiced deep breathing. While inhaling, I visualized that the health and vitality are entering into my body. While exhaling, I visualized that all the uneasiness and tiredness from my body are expelled. I practiced deep breathing with this visualization for a couple of minutes. And guess what! I felt good after breathing fresh air. My tiredness was gone. I felt very refreshed and energetic. And I started doing my meditation right under the tree.
This experience reinforced to me the importance of fresh air. We all take a lot of care about food and water. We choose clean vegetables, drink clean water, give great importance to our diet and care about carbohydrates, proteins, etc. There is so much emphasis on food. But air is also as important as food. In fact, air is more important than food because, without food, a human can survive for 3 weeks, but without air, a human can survive only for 3 minutes. This is how important air is for our survival.
But, how many of us really care to breathe fresh air? Not many of us. We breathe air as an involuntary process, but we don’t consciously think if it is fresh air or not. Thanks to modernization, we are spending a great amount of time indoors. Our classes are indoors. Our workplaces are indoors. Now with coronavirus, indoor presence has increased. We are working from home, and our physical presence is limited to a few rooms. The result of this is that we are missing exposure to fresh air.
Fresh air is very important for our wellbeing. Fresh air not only carries oxygen but also carries fresh prana, which is important for our health and peace. Below are the benefits of breathing fresh air every day.
- It boosts the energy levels of our body. We start feeling rejuvenated and energetic.
- It boosts brain health. With higher oxygen levels in our body, our brains work better, which results in enhanced clarity of thinking.
- It enhances mood. It is common to feel irritated or cranky on some days. Breathing fresh air can help us change our mood.
- It strengthens the respiratory system.
- Skin health improves.
- It improves the overall health.
These are some benefits of breathing fresh air every day. Maybe this could be a reason why Gurukulas in olden days were conducted outdoors, under a tree. A teacher sat under a huge tree and taught students. In the olden days, there was a lot of exposure to fresh air as people lived and worked outdoors predominantly. This has changed now.
So, how to get the dosage of fresh air? Here are some pointers.
Pointers on how to breathe fresh air
- Go outdoors and find a neat, hygienic place. Don’t choose a place filled with traffic and air pollution. Choose a place which has greenery, and which is away from traffic. If you are unable to find such a place near you, then choose your balcony.
- If you can practice this during Sunrise time, you will gain greater benefits.
- Sit in a comfortable position. You can sit on a chair or floor. But make sure your spine is straight, and you are comfortably seated.
- Try to be on an empty stomach. Doing deep breathing with a fully loaded stomach will be challenging, and you cannot do deep breathing.
- Exhale completely and empty your lungs.
- Inhale deeply. While inhaling, let your stomach come out like a balloon. Simultaneously, visualize that the positive energies like vitality, health, love, strength are entering into your entire system. You can visualize that the positive energies are going into your every cell, organ, and your entire body.
- Exhale completely. While exhaling, let your stomach go in. Simultaneously, visualize that any negative energies like sadness, anger, disease, tiredness, stress, etc. which are present in your system are expelled. You can visualize that diseased energies from your cells, organs, and entire body are expelled out of your system.
- In one session, you can practice deep breathing for 5 to 10 minutes .
- You can practice 3 to 4 sessions of deep breathing in a day and recharge yourself.
These are the pointers on deep breathing. Anyone can practice deep breathing. This is a safe and effective technique. You can also practice simplified version of Anulom Vilom breathing technique.There are other advanced breathing techniques like Kapalbhathi, Bhastrika, etc. Attempting to practice these advanced forms of breathing on your own can be harmful. So, it is best to learn these techniques under the guidance of a competent teacher or a Master and practice them. Each of these techniques carry specific benefits.
By practicing various breathing techniques in my life, I have gained a lot. I used to have some seasonal allergies earlier. Breathing exercises helped me overcome these allergies. I do my breathing before meditation. This step has enhanced my meditation experience greatly and helped me go deeper into my meditation. Breathing exercises are part of my daily routine.
So, get a dose of fresh air every day and see how beautifully your day transforms. Just like good food and water are important for our health, fresh air is also important. Let’s go outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.
Manjula Ghattamaneni, signing off, wishing you peace and love!