Lake Norman Woman Magazine May 2022

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THE BENEFITS O F B R E AT H I N G EXERCISES

breathe in, breathe out, move on; a breath of fresh air; take time to breathe; moments that take your breath away. Clearly breathing is more than just our oxygen intake. Breathing exercises can help our entire mind, body, and soul find peace and health. It can improve everything from stress to digestion. Below are some of the benefits of incorporating breathing exercises into your daily meditation, prayer, or other mindfulness practices: TA K E A D E E P B R E AT H ;

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ANTI-ANXIETY TECHNIQUES: Slow, rhythmic breaths stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which reduces the heart rate and relaxes the muscles and mind. When stressed, we tend to take shallow breaths that limit the diaphragm’s full range.

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PROMOTES SELF-LOVE: Breathwork allows us to shift from mind to body. When you connect to your breath, you begin to feel a deeper connection to self.