Mantra Meditation & Breath Work
Meditation literally changes the brain, which means we can change the currency of our emotions. A Neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School was one of the first to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans and concluded that meditation and breathing can literally change your brain.
I have traveled all over the world to learn breathwork and its benefits in releasing anxiety and depression from the human system. While working with breathing specialists for over a decade, I found that controlling your breathing calms your brain.
We don’t need scientific evidence to tell us that breathing changes our thoughts and emotions. I mean just take a few long deep breaths to experience it for yourself. I like to think of it as the brain’s “breathing pacemaker” because it can be adjusted by altering breathing rhythm (slow, controlled breathing decreases activity in the circuit; fast, erratic breathing increases activity), which in turn influences emotional states.
Breathing regulates blood pressure. Research suggests that slowing your breathing increases “baroreflex sensitivity,” the mechanism that regulates blood pressure via heart rate. Over time, using controlled breathing to lower blood pressure and heart rate may lower your risk of stroke and cerebral aneurysm, and generally decreases stress on blood vessels, a big plus for cardiovascular health!
Counting breaths taps into the brain’s emotional control regions. Research also shows that specific breathing patterns influence “neuronal oscillations throughout the brain,” particularly in brain regions related to emotion. Brain activity (monitored by EEG) in regions related to emotion, memory, and awareness showed a more organized pattern versus what’s normally experienced during a resting state.
The rhythm of your breathing affects memory. Research shows that the rhythm of our breathing generates electrical activity in the brain that influences how well we remember. My Elevation Tool Box Method will give you the tools you need to upgrade your mental and emotional status. It will teach you how the inhalation triggers greater electrical activity in the amygdala, the brain’s emotional epicenter and how the exhalation releases stress.