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Breathing habits are related to physical and mental health (wsj.com)
570 points by SirLJ 10 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 281 comments

I've noticed that my breathing pattern changes during work.

I'd be interested in a device that can detect breathing type (diaphragmatic/costal) and warns me in time if any changes occur.

This is why I love hacker news, I learnt that just breathing 30 seconds is able to averse from any vice or bad craving. It's like the matrix

I hope someone comes along and creates another version of the Spire breathing device. I am still using mine and it's a very helpful tool for breathing.

“Light on Pranayama” by Iyengar is a great book on yogic breathing (pranayama) for anyone interested in learning various techniques and exercises.

sophisticated and subtle.. a good (real life) teacher and stable practice habits are recommended at each turn.

(with thirty years of practice in the Iyengar teachings, I consider myself a beginner-intermediate. I know enough not to go too far... When in doubt, let your natural breath return without interference (as said in the book))

I find that the hardest thing to determine - the outbreath falls away naturally, but I can sit there until it feels like I'm never going to inhale again, and at no point does it feel like my breath "returns" by itself, but rather I feel like I have to drag it in, while my heartrate spikes. I have been mildly asthmatic all my life, so maybe that has something to do with it. Incidentally I have often noticed my thoughts become agitated and realised that I'm holding my lungs empty.

Unless you've studied chi kung or pranayama or similar you've no idea what the breath holds in store. It's more than just the mechanics of rate or depth of breathing. You need to learn to relax and engage your attention to really connect with the subtler aspects of it. Energy Work by Robert Bruce is probably the best introduction.

When one is constantly in "urgent" mode, they tend to forget to breathe slow and deeply and instead breathe shallow and fast.

What works for me is harmonious breathing: https://www.harmoniousbreathing.com/ - basically retraining our muscles to enhance deeper more complete breathing. It doesn't claim to make miracles, it just makes you feel better.

I noticed I am doing flat breaths most of the time, I guess because of all the smoke in the city etc.

Years ago I read that you had to breath out more than you breath in, like "you give more to the world than you take from it". Fine and all but since then I can't help thinking about my breathing and I think it messed up my natural way of breathing.

As an altruist, I breathe out only. Never in.

I can't see any way this is possible. The amount you breathe out is dictated by how much your lung volume increased when you breathe in. If you breathe out for more total time than you breathe in, you are just spreading the same breath over a longer time by restricting outflow.

Really ? Of course it's another way to say `breath out slower than breathing in`.

That you believed I suggested the laws of physics could be so easily dismissed is beyond me.


Paywalled; can't read it.

James Nestor, the author, has an amazing book on (not) breathing... actually about athletes who free-drive to unthinkable ocean depths with no gear.

Paywall workaround: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23275949

It really is quite amazing the number of human limits free diving tests. Herbert Nitsch is able to dive over 350 feet deep essentially unaided, and has gone to over 830 feet in what they call a "no limits" attempt, in which weights and fins are allowed, and weight can be dropped to aid in the ascent, although he did suffer from nitrogen narcosis and needed to spend some time in a decompression chamber [0]. He can hold his breath for over 9 minutes, whereas I can barely make it to 1 minute. The guy's lung capacity must be incredible.


[0]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Nitsch#Achievements_an...

Wow that was quite a ride!

> He still has balance and coordination problems on land, but does not experience these underwater. He continues to deep free-dive.

It's like the sea claimed him.

WSJ is the one source continually linked here that I CAN'T read. I guess it helps that I have NYT and WaPo subscriptions, but somehow, the other paywalls don't seem to be an issue in the way that WSJ is.

I've been practicing with the breath since I recovered from cancer about a decade ago. I credit it with saving my life in many ways.

How do u read this?

Has anyone tried Sudharshan Kriya from Art of Living? How has it helped you?

leave the cult and start practising yoga on your own..

"Take a deep breath", and suddenly your whole mood has been adjusted.

Behind the paywall:


(Copy WSJ link, paste into bitly to shorten, then paste shortened url into outline.com)

fully in, letting go

Rediscovering yoga

Yoga seems 'spiritual' with wonky crystal powers and such but if you approach it as scheduled ergonomic stretching, relaxation through breathing exercises, and quiet introspection its obvious there's a clear physical impact it can make.

Stretching is to yoga as scratch is to programming languages.

Did you all know that humans need oxygen to survive? And that the ways we consume oxygen can affect our health?

You condensed the entire history of Western civilization into a tweet...

"Discovered atomic bomb, didn't notice breathing."

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