Breathing and walking: Breathwalk

Breathwalk combines yoga exercises, walking and meditation. The fast walking promotes endurance, in addition, the conscious breathing patterns and yoga processes sharpen the mind and achieve the desired relaxation. Breathe in the rhythm of walking, inhale in four sections, exhale in four sections again. Fingers and thumbs touch, one says the mantra "Sa ta na ma" (for infinity, life, death and rebirth) and directs the view into the distance. The concentration increases, the head becomes clear, energy returns to the body.

This is how you experience a part of the Breathwalk, a combination of breathing and yoga, which is also an eye-opener for yoga-unaware and sporty muffle. Breathwalk has been fashionable in America for years and is finding more and more supporters in Europe - rightly so.

Who breathes, refueling energy

Humans breathe 20, 000 to 30, 000 times a day, 16 to 20 times a minute - almost always unconsciously. Very often you breathe badly: under stress too flat and too fast, sometimes too strong, then again too fast. Here, proper breathing is so important, it has been proven, for example, that proper and conscious breathing in cardiovascular patients has a positive effect on cardiac muscle weakness.

Yogic breathing exercises have a very harmonizing effect on stress: "Correct breathing gives the blood more oxygen, the body cells regenerate faster, which contributes very much to general health, and flat, unconscious breathing prevents the approximately four liters of blood Sufficient oxygen is obtained in humans, as a result, not all toxins can be removed, which can lead to poisoning of cells and organs, which is why many people often feel lethargic and depressed. "

Who is running, strengthens the cardiovascular system

Fast, athletic walking is a natural healthy process of the organism and it strengthens the endurance, strengthens the entire body and gets the heart, circulation and metabolism in motion. Walking is good for the cardiovascular system, because the load is well balanced, the pace is at a healthy level, ie overloading is almost impossible. In addition, everyone can go at "his" pace - this is not about speed or perfection. The heart volume and the power of the heart increase, the body is better supplied with blood. Regular endurance training relieves the heart in the long term because overall blood pressure gets lower.

An ideal combination

Physicians praise the combination of walking and yoga. The running movement is good for the metabolism and the hormonal control. "Meditation improves the ability to concentrate and reduces stress, " says Wildor Hollmann, Honorary President of the World Association for Sports Medicine. For example, the internist recommends yoga to improve respiratory mechanics and prevent asthma. "Unlike normal walking or walking, breath breathing is practiced consciously, " says coach Hanka Schuldt from Hamburg. She is a student of Kundalini Yoga and Breathwalk inventor Yogi Bhajan and has been training regularly in India and New Mexico for more than ten years.

Before starting, the body is prepared and warmed up. The walk itself is associated with a specific breathing rhythm. This is especially for beginners only under guidance, but you learn quickly. Slower and faster walking alternate. The walk gets its meditative component through the mental repetition of mantras: the Om is known - this supports concentration and prevents the thoughts from wandering off. Then that's when conscious breathing quickly disappears again. These mantras, in an advanced form of the Breathwalk, are associated with certain hand postures called Mudras. With yoga exercises that stretch the body, the trainer or trainer ends the walk.

Ideal at the Breathwalk is that the untrained, convalescent and also people who consider themselves completely unsportsmanlike, can participate in it and soon realize how effective this form of walking is. Heart disease patients should in any case discuss with the doctor if they are allowed to participate in this sport. It improves stamina when running regularly, reduces stress, helps with weight loss, strengthens the skeletal system and prevents osteoporosis.

Tips for breathing

When breathing in, the diaphragm should contract and move downwards. The abdominal wall should bulge forward. This creates a pull in the chest. As a result, the lungs unfold, one inhales (abdominal / diaphragmatic breathing). In chest breathing, the ribs are pulled up and away from each other. As a result, the chest area increases and there is again negative pressure, which leads to inhalation. As you exhale, the diaphragm relaxes and regains its old shape. This blows used air out of the lungs. A contraction of the ribs supports this process.

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