You do realize that the best way to know that you are alive is to notice that you are breathing or to hear your heart beat. Since hearing or monitoring your heart beat is relatively more difficult, breathing is a sure fire sign that you live. So how can you breathe better? What does this even mean? Isn’t this just an involuntary reflex to which you don’t really apply your mind. Surprisingly there are many ways to breathe.
How you breathe normally is a reflection of your state of health. It was not too long back that I had heavy labored breathing. This, a reflection of my unhealthy body, sounded like I was a dragon breathing fire. No, dragon; I was just panting as my body coped with poor lung capacity and poor cardio vascular health. This reflected in a high pulse rate as my heart raced to pump blood. Today my resting pulse is 45-48. My breath sounds like the gentle whisper of a leaf falling in a forest. What changed?
Well obviously I trained my lungs and heart. I combined High Intensity Interval Training, Strength Training and Cardio Exercises. This had a dramatic impact on my breathing. If you are seeking alternatives, you can do the following. Balanced breathing where you breathe in to a count of 5 and breathe out to a count of 5. Repeat several times for up to 10 minutes. Abdominal breathing where you breathe in, not through your chest, but through your diaphragm. Breathe in and out to a count of 10 for up to 10 minutes. Alternate nostril breathing where you are training both lungs. This can be done up to 10 minutes. Kapalbhati where you breathe in deeply and exhale with force. You can do this for up to 5-7 minutes.
Each of these exercises are training your lungs to get more efficient. Effectively, increasing the capacity of your lung to take in more oxygen. In some time, you will stop being a fire breathing dragon.