Breath - The New Science of a Lost Art

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Breath - The New Science of a Lost Art - Note 1

When the nasal cavity gets congested, airflow decreases and bacteria flourish. These bacteria replicate and can lead to infections and colds and more congestion. Congestion leads to more congestion which gives us no other option but to habitually breathe from the mouth.

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Evolution doesn’t always mean progress. It means change. And life can change for better or worse. Today the human body is changing in ways that have nothing to do with the survival of the “fittest”. Instead we’re adopting and passing down traits that are dentrimental for our health.

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The more we cooked, the more soft, calorie-rich food we consumed, the larger our brains grew and the tighter our airways became.

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Mounthbreathing, it turns out, changes the physical body and transforms airways, all for the worse. Inhaling air through the mouth decreases pressure, which causes the soft tissues in the back of the mouth to become loose and flex inward, creating less overall space and making breathing more difficult. Mouthbreathing begets more mouthbreathing.

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Ninety percent of children have acquired some degree of deformity in their mouths and noses. 45% of adults snore occasionally and 1/4 of the population snores constantly. 25% of American adults over 30 choke on themselves because of sleep apnea; and an estimated 80% of moderate or severe cases are undiagnosed. Meanwhile, the majority of the population suffers from some form of breathing difficulty or resistance.

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To breathe is to absorb ourselves in what surrounds us, to take in little bits of life, understand them, and give pieces of ourselves back out. Respiration is, at its core, reciprocation.

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Working together, the different areas of the turbinates will heat, clean, slow and pressurize air so that the lungs can extract more oxygen with each breath. This is why nasal breathing is far more healthy and efficient than breathing through the mouth. As Nayak explained when I first met him, the nose is the silent warrior: the gatekeeper of our bodies, pharmacist to our minds, and weather vane to our emotions.

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And if I were to endeavor to bequeath to posteriy the most imporant Motto which human language can convey, it should be in three words - SHUT-YOUR-MOUTH…Where I would paint and engrave it, in every Nursery, and on every Bed-post in the Universe, its meaning could not be mistaken. And if obeyed it’s importance would soon be realized.

Breath - The New Science of a Lost Art - Note 9

If a fire is supplied with pure oxygen instead of air, it burns with enormously augmented intensity. But when a man or animal breathes oxygen, or air enriched with oxygen, no more of that gas is consumed, no more heat is produced and no more Carbon Dioxide is exhaled than when air alone is breathed – Yandell Henderson

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The yogi’s lifwe is not measured by the number of his day, but the number of his breaths. – B.K.S. Iyengar

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Societies that replaced their traditional diet with modern, processed foods suffered up to ten tims more cavities, severely crooked teeth, obstructed airways and overall poorer health. The modern diets were the same: white flour, white rice, jams, sweetened juices, canned vegetables and processed meats. The traditional diets were all different.

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Some cultues ate nothing but meat, while others were mostly vegetarian. Some relied primarily on homemade cheese; others consumed no dairy at all. Their teeth were almost always perfect; their mouths were exceptionally wide, nasal apertures broad. They suffered few, if any, cavities and little dental disease. Respiratory diseases such as asthma or even tuberculosis, were practically nonexistent.

Breath - The New Science of a Lost Art - Note 13

Chewing. The more we gnaw, the more stem cells release, the more bone density and growth we’ll trigger, the younger we’ll look and the better we’ll breathe.

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It starts at infancy. The chewing and sucking stress required for breastfeeding exercises the masseter and other facial muscles and stimulates more stem cell growth, stronger bones, and more pronounced airways. […] The more time infants spent chewing and sucking, the more developed their faces and airways would become, and the better they’d breathe later in life.

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The breathholding that occurs in sleep and constant partial attention is unconscious - it’s something that happens to our bodies, something that’s out of our control. The breathholding practiced by the ancients and revivalists in conscious.

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Sometimes the body needs more than a soft nuedge to get realigned. Sometimes it needs a violent shove. That’s what Tummo does.

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The human ist not only an organism… it is also a mind whose strength used wisely can allow us to repair our body when it bobbles. – Maurice Daubard

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All living organisms are but leaves on the same tree of life. The various functions of plants and animals and their specialized organs are manifestations of the same living matter. – Albert Szent-Györgyi

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Everything around us is composed of molecules, which are composed of atoms, which are composed of subatomic bits called protons (which have a positive charge), neutrons (no charge) and electrons (negative charge). All matter is, at its most basic level, energy. “We can not separate life from living matter”, Albert Szent-Györgyi wrote. “Inevitably, studying living matter and its reactions, we study life itself.”

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The living state is such an electronically desatured state. Nature is simple but subtle. – Albert Szent-Györgyi

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Humans rust as well. As the cells in our bodies lose the ability to attract oxygen, electrons within them will slow and stop freely interchanging with other cells, resulting in unregulated and abnormal growth. Tissues will begin rusting in much the same way as other materials. But we don’t call this “tissue rust”. We call it cancer. And this helps why cancers develop and thrive in environments of low oxygen.

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As I breathe a little faster, go a little deeper, the names of all the techniques I’ve explored over the past 10 years all come back in a rush: Pranayama. Buteyko. Coherent Breathing. Hypoventilation. Breathing Coordination. Holotropic Breathwork. Adhama. Madhyama. Uttama. Kevala. Embryonic Breath. Harmonizing Breath. The Breath by the Master Great Nothing. Tummo. Sudarshan Kriya.