Breathe, It Could Change Your Life

Learning to breathe properly is so important. Read on to find out why...

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Teaching people to breathe properly is one of the most important exercises at our workshops. Most say it has quite simply, changed their lives. Seeing as we breathe 20,000 times a day, it is important we get it right.

When we breathe correctly our bodies are supplied with the right amount of oxygen, replenishing our brain and other vital organs with essential nutrients. It also purifies our system and is how we get rid of about 70% of toxins.

Breathing incorrectly can also affect the levels of carbon dioxide - or CO2 - in the blood. While oxygen is important for our bodies to function properly, CO2 is just as vital.

Over time and age, stress changes the way we breathe. When we are stressed, our bodies operate on our caveman instinct of 'fight or flight' to whatever is scaring us. This means we take short fast breaths to help prepare for the 'fight' we will have to face.

But prolonged periods of stress mean we constantly breathe like this, only ever using the top third of our lungs. The bottom third of our lungs give us two thirds of our breathing capacity, so shallow breaths mean that we aren’t getting what we need to function at our optimum. We don’t operate on top form and we miss out on fun.

When we breathe deeply we see huge benefit:

Increased energy.

Less stress.

Strengthened Immune System.

Better Digestion.

Improved skin (less wrinkles).

More awareness – when you breathe slowly it is almost impossible to overeat or hurt yourself exercising.

Better relationships – less reactive, less arguments.

Heightened creativity and intuition – we have access to our subconscious.

My friend and breathing guru Michael Townsend Williams shared these three top tips to help us all learn how to breathe well.

1. Breathe in and out from the belly.

This is more energy efficient and helps to centre you.

2. Breathe in and out through the nose.

The nose cleans the air and makes it easier to control the flow.

3. Breathe out more than you breathe in.

This triggers the body's relaxation response which lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, relaxes your muscles and helps you think more clearly. Cool 2 minute ‘How to’ video at the link below.

Michael also has an amazing breathing app called Breathe Sync™ which works by utilising the iPhone camera to measure a person’s heart rhythm, and creates a personalised breathing rhythm to calm the user instantly.

So relax, take a moment and just breathe. It could change your life.

Chris Baréz-Brown

Author, speaker and founder Upping Your Elvis, Upping Your Elvis

Best selling author, speaker and business beatnik Chris Baréz Brown has a rather unusual view of the world in that he knows that everybody is perfect. As we grow, develop and socialise we can lose touch with that brilliance and often become somebody we’re not. Chris founded his Dorset based company Upping Your Elvis in 2009 to help people reconnect with their inner genius and once again become confident in being who they truly are. The Guardian recently described Chris as a long haired, twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard.


Go to the profile of Dr. Mandy Lehto
about 6 years ago
Great post, Chris. Confession, I noted I was already breathing deeper while reading all that research. Great resource too. Thanks.
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
about 6 years ago
Thanks Mandy, that's great to hear! It is the simplest exercise but the the one we (including me) forget the most...Chris X