Benefits of Breath Work and Meditation

Did you know that unmanaged stress may lead to increased risk of both mental & physical problems? Learn how to turn off the stress response and enter the relaxation response with tips from Yoga Instructor Nikki Peters.

bannerOne of the biggest health risks in our society today is stress.   In fact, did you know that unmanaged stress may lead to increased risk of both mental & physical problems such as infection, illness, diabetes, obesity and heart disease, as well as depressive and anxiety disorders?   All of these illnesses can have a negative impact on our heart health.1

Learning how to intentionally work with your breath is a tool that can help you control your mind and body2 and master what is called the stress response.
The stress response is a built in survival response that helps us to either fight or flight in a life threatening situation. However, when that stress response becomes chronic or the perceived “normal” daily way of life, this can create functional, physiological, emotional and neurological illness in the body & mind.3

One of the greatest breakthroughs in the management of chronic stress has been the practice of breath work and meditation. Through observation and conscious control of the breath and repetitive thoughts in the mind, we have the power to turn off the stress response and enter into what is called the relaxation response.3

In fact, breath work and meditation may help:

  • Activate the relaxation response
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Decrease rate of breathing
  • Decrease metabolism
  • Decrease heart rate
  • Slow brain waves
  • Better sleep
  • Decrease depression
  • Decrease worry
  • Greater immunological functional health

Ready to start practicing?   Join us for a 10-minute meditation practice by clicking here.

Sources:

1. “The Effects of Stress of your Body” 6/24/2014 http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/effects-of-stress-on-your-body

2. “Fight Stress and Find Serenity”  Mayo Clinic Staff  1/14/2013 http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/yoga/art-20044733

3. Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, Herbert Benson MD, Alice Domar PhD, Craig Hassed MD, Damien Finniss MD, Sara Lazar PhD, Dean Ornish MD, David Spiegel MD, Esther Sternberg MD, Andrew Weil MD.  The Connection https://www.theconnection.tv