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Robert Kernodle

5 Days Ago

I Hold My Breath For Over Nine Hours Per Year

Seriously, I do.

As part of my morning routine, everyday, I end my gentle exercise session with a sequence of stretching followed by breathing. The last sequence I do is inhale slowly for 30 seconds, hold breath for 30 seconds, and exhale slowly for 30 seconds -- I repeat this three times, for a total of 90 seconds of breath holding. Multiply this by 365 (days of the year) and you get my 9+ hours.

Actually, it's probably more than this, because sometimes I hold for a minute or more.

Things that appear amazing happen in small increments, .... like making a work of art. This is why many people consider art amazing -- they don't understand or practice the concept of persistence over extended periods.

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Tibor Tivadar Kui

5 Days Ago

So like this you decrease your carbon footprint and leave more oxygen to others. Well done!

 

Mike Savad

5 Days Ago

i never calculated how much time i spent on the toilet, i would imagine its a lot, its quiet in there.. well sometimes, depends what i ate.

other than inhaling, i'm not sure why i would want to hold my breath, like what benefit it would have other than hypoxia.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Robert Kernodle

5 Days Ago

Tibor,

(^_^) ... carbon footprints are overrated, in my view, but, aside from that, the CO2 has to be released eventually on the exhale, so, at most, there is a small delay, not a total elimination of it -- it just sits in the lungs longer, causing a healthy reduction of alkalizing in your body, plus slowing your pulse a bit, improving lung capacity, improving relaxation response, generally improving breathing efficiency. There's a whole science, which I'm not really into -- I just learned by instinct and practice. Breathing this way is quite fulfilling, when you do it right.

Most people do not realize that, without CO2, the physiology of human breathing, hence human life, would be impossible, since CO2 actually regulates our breathing.

Mike S,

Toilet meditation is probably a good complement to breath holding. I would imagine that breath holding could have additional benefits in there anyway, ... depending on what you ate, as you said.

 

all-righty-then

 

Mary Bedy

4 Days Ago

LOL, Rose.

I do yoga breathing exercises, but never hold it - I'll have to try it.

 

Mario Carta

4 Days Ago

I hear it's good to lower blood pressure, but I find walking is easier than breathing. " :-)

 

David Bridburg

4 Days Ago

Mario,

I am deeply into breathing.

Dave

 

Robert Kernodle

4 Days Ago

I tried to find a good article about health benefits of breath holding (done properly), but the articles I found are typically of the self-indulgent, hoo do voo doo, new agie, fake yoga, stereotypical making-fun-of-itself (unintentionally), too much hype, not enough practical attitude ... variety.

So, you're just gonna have to take my word for it -- in my experience, breath-hold training is good for you. I've acquired the habit through various experiences over the years.

 

Mike Savad

4 Days Ago

its supposed to lower blood pressure from my understanding. for some it gives them good luck. they use it in meditation... and more importantly, divers find it useful.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Robert Kernodle

4 Days Ago

Yes, Mario and Mike, lowering blood pressure seems to be one of the benefits.

If I remember correctly, increased oxygenation of the blood is a benefit, ... as contradictory as that might seem.

CO2, thus, is not a poison or a pollutant, as it is sometimes popularly portrayed in the percentage at which it exists in the world.

I just remember that I downloaded a book on the science of breathing a couple years ago, when it was a free download. Maybe I'll look over it and share some of its insights later.

 

Bradford Martin

4 Days Ago

I have sleep apnea. I do this all night every night. I had a sleep test that confirmed this .

 

Bradford Martin

4 Days Ago

I have sleep apnea. I do this all night every night. I had a sleep test that confirmed this .

 

Edward Fielding

4 Days Ago

Ready for pearl diving!

 

Carmen Hathaway

3 Days Ago

 

We learned much from palliative care nurses, in regard to breathing, to help calm our elders dementia, and pain anxiety.

 

Tom Druin

3 Days Ago

Wim hof breathing tutorial... https://youtu.be/nzCaZQqAs9I

 

Peggy Collins

3 Days Ago

I do yoga classes most days now. We often do breathing exercises and about half the time, holding your breath is included. "Square breathing" is inhaling for a count (say, of five seconds), holding it for 5, exhaling for 5, then holding it on the exhale for 5.

I find it very calming. It's great for anxiety. And I know for sure that those breathing exercises helped me when I joined a choir last year. I didn't get out of breath and could project my voice much more easily than in the past.

 

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