THE BREATH LANGUAGE
We often come across people saying ‘ His body language is/ isn’t nice’. It mainly involves a person’s physical behavior, facial expressions, body gestures and body postures. These involve all the nonverbal signals used to communicate your feelings and expressions.
Ever wondered what really goes wrong with our body language? It all goes deep into the way our body is formed and regulated. Body is regulated by the various organs , and organs function with the use of energy and that energy gets into the system by the only physiological function that is both voluntary & involuntary – Breathing. Hence if you want to correct your body language, be it mental, emotional or physical – Breathe right !!
The act of breathing correctly unites us with this larger energy pool and integrates us into the greater context of nature.
Training in various patterns of breathing is one of the most important aspects of yoga discipline. Learning to consciously breathe correctly is the key to master both mind and emotions.
The first and foremost step is to be able to observe our breath. It alters every few minutes, especially with the change in our emotional state. Anger , anxiety , stress – speed up the breathing process and when we are in a position to notice this , then only can we regulate it. A disturbed mind is reflected in the state of breathing. If we can identify our emotional state with our breath , we can very well control our emotions as well. If we learn to breathe gently , smoothly and without any irregularities, we can reduce distracting thoughts and achieve a sense of calmness in body and mind.
Choking, suffocation portray a hindrance in the free flow of breath. All these terms are merely indicative of any sort of perturbation in the way we are breathing. So, breath language is of great significance if one is seeking a pleasant state of mind.
This, the first step, of breathing right, will ease out most of the negative emotions.
Hence the easiest way is to first start breathing correctly which involves an intricate series of movement of body muscles. Proper breathing should involve full use of the diaphragm so that maximum exchange of air/energy occurs with least amount of effort. In layman terms, as we inhale, the abdominal region should expand and as we exhale , this region should go inwards. Both the processes should be slow, even and deep. We must initially try to consciously monitor this state and gradually this will get registered in our subconscious. Whenever we feel a negative emotion running through the body and observe our breathing pattern and then try to come back to a slow , even and deep breathing state , we will automatically notice how our emotional state becomes much calmer.
So, when you feel any sense of ANGER – BREATHE, ANGUISH – BREATHE, GUILT – BREATHE, FEAR- BREATHE, FRUSTRATION- BREATHE, JEALOUSY- DOUBT, DOUBT – BREATHE. By practicing this simple exercise , we will be able to get a better perspective of things causing these negative emotions and we will learn to react better to situations. All this will reflect greatly in our body language as well.
The steps that follow in systematic breathing involve the depth and rhythm of breath, the use of right and left nostrils in controlling the left and right hemispheres, holding the breath , forceful exhalation and much more. But these should be practiced only under strict and proper supervision.