Understanding health can mean that you focus on prevention and overall well-being.
Apart from the well-known activities such as regular exercise and eating healthy, there are other activities you can do so that you feel an active part of your health.
For example you can be aware of the art of breathing, flowing with life. You are an important part of this moment.This can be achieved with the practice of Pranayama.
What is Pranayama?
Pranayama is a very ancient practice, it means CONTROL OF THE VITAL ENERGY OF BREATHING.
The more aware we are of keeping our respiratory system healthy, the better we can work on preventing respiratory infections.
For decades, Pranayama exercises have been the subject of many studies. In cancer patients, it can improve lung capacity, reduce the number of respiratory infections, reduce fatigue related to treatment, increase adherence to chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, and since it helps to reduce anxiety related to the disease because it calms the nervous system, it can improves self-esteem and detoxifies the body.
An easy exercise would be to inflate balloons, because it improves respiratory muscles and lung capacity. But in the Pranayama technique there are many types of breathing, so…
...here’s the YOGI BREATH, let’s do it in several steps... and don't get overwhelmed, practice makes perfect:
1- Sit in a comfortable position on a chair with your legs uncrossed and your back straight, you can also do it sitting on the floor on a cushion so that your hips are higher than your knees and your legs are crossed.
2- Close your eyes.
3- Put your hands on your abdomen.
4- Begin to inhale through the nose and bring the air to the abdomen, notice with your hands how the abdomen swells like a balloon, count to 5 if you can, hold the air for 5 more counts and then exhale in 5 counts through the nose. It involves taking a slow, deep breath.
5- Now put your hands on the sides of the ribs, notice how your hands surround the rib cage as if it were a hug. Do the same thing you did before, but this time bring the air to the sides and notice how you expand.
6- Then put your hands on top of your collarbones in the hole above, and repeat the same. It costs a bit, but it's a way to get a little more air.
7- Once you have integrated it, it is time to chain these three areas of your body. So take a breath in through your nose and fill your abdomen, then bring the breath in to your ribs, and finally to your collarbones, hold and release in reverse order.
You can do the different steps for several repetitions separately and then do yogic breathing for about 10 breaths.
This will take a short time and the benefits are important and it will calm our minds from all the outside noise. I recommend that you do these exercises in a ventilated environment and if possible, throughout the day keep the environment humid with an essential oil diffuser, I recommend tea tree oil and ravintsara.
"Nobody said it was easy, but it's not impossible."
If you want to learn more about how to control your anxiety through yoga and yogi breathing, don't hesitate to reach out.
Article written by:
Dr. Lola Martin (medical oncologist). Holistic Oncology Unit of imohe