Breathing for Health and Spiritual Growth

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Breathing is one of the most important of all of the functions of the body because so many other systems depend upon it. The survival rule of 3 says a person can survive 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, but only 3 minutes without air. Humans are the only species on Earth that can control their breath. Multiple studies have shown that breathing correctly can improve your health, prevent diseases, prolong your life, and other benefits.

Children and those of indigenous groups (unless they have developed the bad habits of modern society) tend to breathe correctly. Most contemporary adults have shallow, rapid breathing habits which inhibit their health and well-being.

Breathing is the most important influencer of HRV (Heart Rate Variability) which is one of the best indicators of overall health. In addition, there are several rhythmical or controlled breathing exercises that not only can improve our health and prevent disease but can quiet our mind and even aid our spiritual growth.

Most adults breathe through their mouth instead of their nose, and it is no coincidence that it has been reported that at least 90% of all disease enters the body through the mouth. The human respiratory system is much more complex than most people realize. For example, the nose has 3 primary functions: to restrict the amount of air we breathe in, to filter that air, and to warm that air. Using mouth breathing we breathe too much air which causes oxidation of body cells among other problems. In addition, there is nothing between the mouth and lungs to filter the dust, dirt, and other impurities and germs in the air which leaves the entire respiratory system unprotected. Our nostrils are filled with warm mucous membranes to warm the inhaled air so that it does not damage the throat or lungs.

I teach Soma breathing exercises/workshops/classes. For more information about how breathing can improve your health, prevent disease, quiet your mind, enable spiritual growth, and references supporting the above claims, contact Michael Manning at or go to

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