SCIENCE OF YOGIC BREATHING
On average human beings take 10-20 breaths per minute (0.07 - 0.16 Hz).
Regular practicioners of diaphragmatic or Yogic breathing can slow the rate of breathing down to 3-7 breaths per minute.
Controlled deep breathing techniques such as Pranayama are at the heart of ancient practices of well-being and can influence our ability to overcome anxiety, improve sleep and live life to the fullest.
Investigations into the physiological impact of "slow breathing has uncovered significant effects on respiratory, cardiovascular, cardiorespiratory and autonomic nervous systems" (Russo et al., 2017, 13: 298-309).
THE ART OF PRANAYAMA:
AWARENESS IN BREATH
The techniques offered in guided meditations and workshops are drawn from the Yogic science of Pranayama as well as mindfulness traditions and help you quieten your mind and explore your "breath body" as a subtle, but powerful, tool for calm amidst chaos. At its heart, these practices are intended to advance and make accessible the supreme goal of Pranayama - effortless concentration or dharana that culminates in meditation or dhyana.
MINDFUL GIVING: OUR CAUSES
In light of the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that has overwhelmed the healthcare infrastructure and led to a shortage of vital resources in India, through the month of May, Breathe Meditation is raising and donating funds needed for oxygen, food and other needs among the most marginalized communities.
Currently, Maryland-based AID (Association for India's Development) is among the few organizations recognized for their work among the most marginalized groups, especially in rural India, which has been impacted in the second wave and cannot be reached easily. When you donate to a Breathe Meditation class, we will not only donate 100% of the funds to AID but also match your donations 100%.
You can also make a direct donation to AID here: https://aidindia.org/donate/covid-relief-fund/
In 2020, Breathe Mediation fundraised for the American Lung Association's Lung Force Walk to raise awareness and virtually support the fight against the pandemic. Titled 'One Breath, One Force', the annual event helped raise much-needed funds for critical research and development of solutions to many chronic diseases of the lungs.