Recently I listened to a TED talk by Max Strom, called “Breath to Heal”. Max is an international yoga teacher. Here are some notes from his talk…
Whether it’s financial woes, health issues, or just loneliness and busy traffic, people are under more low-level, chronic stress than at any other time in history. Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress and the CDC estimates that up to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Americans are so stressed out that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace that costs American industry more than $300 billion annually. By the year 2020, the World Health Organization says our leading health concern is Depression and anxiety. Over 25% of women take medication for these conditions, and men are not too far off that mark. Centers for Disease control has labeled sleep dysfunction a major contributor to diseases. Have no doubt, we are stressed human beings.
Most of the time, we don’t regulate our breath, but intentional breath work changes the way you feel internally. The Defense Department is advocating yoga and breath work for veterans. In fact, the Navy Seals uses breath work to calm and center themselves before missions. This is not something “new age y”, but real techniques the yogis have used for hundreds of years to heal themselves. They use it because it works, and is effective.
Some of the benefits of intentional breath work are: calm, focus, and being non-reactive. This technique of intentional breathing is said to halt an anxiety/panic attack within 57 seconds. https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/4-7-8-breathing-stress-relief-techniques
This week, in all my classes, I will teach a yoga breathing technique called 4-7-8. Won’t you join me?
See you on the mat,