Bija Bennett

Research into the respiratory process confirms that the quality of your breathing has dramatic physical effects on both your body and mind.

Through slow, conscious, rhythmic respiration, using the movement in your diaphragm, you can increase your relaxation response; decrease your metabolic rate and blood-sugar levels; lower your heart rate; reduce muscle tension, fatigue, and pain; and increase strength, mental and physical alertness, confidence, and emotional stability. 

Pretty good for just some breathing!

Breathing balances your mind and brings concentration, mental vitality, and the ability to discern more clearly how your thoughts and emotions often distort your perception. Breathing thus reveals the essence of an emotion.

Breathing is also a mirror of your body and mind's reactions. It acts as a kind of safety valve: if you're overstressed, your breathing is irregular and short; if you're happy and calm, your breathing is steady and long.

By observing your breathing, you can be alert to what's happening within your body and mind. Once you're familiar with your breath's many variations and modulations, and how they affect you, you can balance how you feel at any time and in any situation.

Directing your attention to the process of breathing becomes a powerful tool to optimize health, increase longevity, dissolve fear, manage your emotions and develop higher states of consciousness. 

It's simply the easiest and most powerful stress reduction tool you can use to support, manage, and sustain your health regardless of your age or condition.

Introducing my book, The Breathing Breakthrough: Everything you need to know to Sharpen your Focus, Worry Less, and Live Longer (Balboa Press 2016)


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Remember, this is not a breathing class.

This is your breath, and this is your life. No one is going to judge you, test you, or give you a grade.

So, let's get honest about where your breath is right now. Do you feel yourself straining as you inhale? Notice any resistance. And take your time. Allow your exhale to become a little longer and slower. Don't let the out-breath release too fast. Notice if you collapse your body as you breathe out. Instead, feel a slight contraction of your belly as you exhale slowly.

Let your breathing become smooth and easy. And just keep watching your breath.  

Give your breath some freedom again. Feel what's going on inside you right now. Notice your thoughts. Notice your feelings. Stay with your breath. And let the flow of your breath lead you to your present state of energy and awareness.

There is nothing you need to do. Just allow your awareness to be with your breath. Listen. And respect yourself.

Then you will see that everything you are looking for is right there.



The Breathing Breakthrough: Everything you need to know to Sharpen your Focus, Worry Less, and Live Longer

Balancing stress and recovering from it is critical to managing your energy. New clinical trials on stress reduction demonstrate that people who adopt breathing-centered therapies considerably reduce their perceived stress levels and improve their ability to respond to stress in a big way.

The Breathing Breakthrough (Balboa Press, 2016) teaches you how to link your awareness with your breath to create optimal health.

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Bija Bennett is a Chicago-based author, teacher, and speaker who has turned from the performing arts to the healing arts, and then back again to make unique and inspiring books, talks, music, and films, that impact the way we work and live.