We take breathing for granted. When is the last time you really thought about your breathing? Breathing brings in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. Your lungs help to release toxins and bring in life sustain oxygen.
If you breathe shallow and/or fast it tends to make your heart rate and blood pressure to go up. It also can make your cortisol increase and your progesterone decrease which can disrupt your sleep and cause weight gain. If you breathe deeply and slowly it can help your blood pressure and heart rate lower, your mind calms down, and your cortisol can decrease.
These are only a few examples of how different breathing patterns can affect your health. Breathing properly is an important part of being healthy. Hatha yoga classes can be a great way to learn healthy breathing habits. When you take some time to practice healthy breathing habits you will naturally find that you breathe better on a regular basis.
As you breathe in a healthier manner you will find yourself sleeping better and feeling more calm. Among other things, it will help your hormones to balance and your metabolism to function better.