we are all moving in a fast-paced way to keep up to date with the world itself, because of the accelerated speed we forget to care many things.Many of us miss breakfast, lunch, we miss our family and target, many of us miss the flight at the last minute and we fail to catch up with many more things in life.
But, do you miss breath?
Then I would say you are walking hand in hand with death in another way you are giving some chapters of your life to death without even reading it.
Let’s get deeper into the science of breathing.
1. How many days can you live without food?
The human can go no longer 3 weeks
Mahatma Gandhi who is famous for his Fasting strike (Nirahara satyagraha ) survived 21 days on Fasting. In same extended case if human body push further, eg: In the case of Irish republican prisoner Bobby Sands who survived 66 days, Died after 66 days
2. How many days can one survive without water?
One can go at stretch 100 hrs and a maximum of 1 week
Maximum- 1 week
3. How many minutes can one survive without breathing?
The human can go no longer-30 seconds to 60 seconds
For someone with excellent health can hold 2 minutes
It is said to be that, Japanese pearl divers can hold up to 7minutes and
Danish free diver-Stig Severinsen who created a world record hold 22 minutes in 2012 underwater without breathing.
Importance of Prana and Vital force of life
“And then the God formed the man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.”
In Patanjali yoga sutra says Patanjali Maharshi ,
“Tat skhiyate prakasha varnam”
(Yoga Sutra chapter2 verses52)
So let’s learn the science of breathing
Functions of Respiratory System
The common functions of the Respiratory system are ;
1. Bring oxygen to the blood
2. Remove carbon dioxide from the blood
3. Control the acid and alkali balance of the body
How do we breathe?
In an average, we breathe 17 breathes in a minute and we do it in the most inefficient way to call it,
This is the most inefficient breathing when we breathe so we fill 1/3 of the lungs only with oxygen. The pattern is nose to the upper layer of lungs. Normally collarbone moves while breathing, it’s really alarming that 90% people do so unknowingly.
Total lungs capacity
The actual lung capacity in human in Men-6200 ml and in Women its -5700 ml
(Measured by spirometer)
Let’s take the example of a man
Actual lung capacity is 6200 ml if he does clavicular breathing, he fills only 1/3 of his lung capacity, So 1/3 means 2026 ml
What happens to the oxygen we breathe
The oxygen we breathe, Brain takes 20% and the remaining is equally distributed to the Purification of blood cells, Creation of new tissue and development of Red Blood cells.
If we breathe the full capacity the required supply to the brain is 1244 ml but be breath the inefficient way and only fill 1/3 ml volume what normally we get is 532ml.
1. The inefficient supply automatically kills the brain cells
2. Lesser purification of blood which leads to skin disease
3. Non-creation of red blood cells the gradual fall in immunity level
In the end- disease and death
“My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, and the graves are ready for me”
( Job chapter1: 7)
1. Abdominal or Diaphragmatic breathing
Inhalation with concentration Diaphragm contracts, Exhalation is passive
This is the natural and most efficient (Observe newborn child)
Breathing in yoga
Diaphragmatic breathing we do in yoga two modes:
1. Kapalabati-Yogic Kriya cleaning the respiratory tract and
2. Anuloma Viloma( cleansing the Nadis /Nervous system )
It helps to clean lower and upper respiratory tract
Cleans the passage for rhythmic breath (watch my youtube video for practising breathing exercising)
Tuned inhalation retention and slower exhalation
Advantages of yogic breathing techniques
Above all the physical benefits, It helps yogis to slow the mind
“Yoga chittavritinirodaha ”
( Patanjali Yoga Sutra chapter1)
“Yoga is restraining activities of mind”
What are the benefits of practising Yogic breathing techniques?
Yogic breathing techniques help us in many ways, First and for most, we start breathing the full capacity of our system and give enough supply of oxygen to our body it helps
1. Formation of new blood cells
2. Development of new red blood cells in our body
3. Breath retention expands lungs capacity
4. Removes bronchial congestion-relief from Astana
5. Sound sleeps no snoring
6. An activated function of brain improves logical thinking problem-solving skills.
7. More oxygen in the blood renews every tissue in the body
8. Improves pulmonary function and improves
9. Cardiorespiratory fitness
How breathing correctly calm down our body and mind
Our body is tuned to fight or flight response. It helps the body to avoid danger. It is the best security system in our body clock and useful when appropriately used. But when the response is constantly provoked in the day to day events such as money problems, traffic jams job worries, relationships, health problems are sure and disease are the result.
If Fight or flight is constantly provoked
1. High blood pressure which leads heart disease
2. Stress — Immune system fails and it
3. Build up anxiety and depression
‘We can’t avoid stress we can develop healthier ways through yoga’
Now let’s practice breathing.
Each breathing techniques is connected to diaphragmatic breathing and gives you best result in
The health of internal organs