Breath by Breath in GrandmotherLand
Fewer Breaths, More Energy
Majid Ali, M.D.
Feather Breathing is a form of Limbic Breathing which I developed for beginners in auto-regulation. It is simple, effective, and completely safe. The focus in Feather Breathing is purely on effortlessly prolonging the breathe-out phase (exhalation) of breathing while completely ignoring the breathe-in (inspiration) phase. The simple steps of Feather Breathing are:
* Imagine that there is a thin feather almost touching the nostrils;
* Breathe out through the nostrils so slowly as not to move the delicate pringle of the feather;
* Exhale for as long as possible, but comfortably;
* Completely ignore the mode and duration of breathing in—exhalation after a gentle prolonged inspiration is always good and the issues of breathing through one or the other nostril or mouth breathing are not relevant in Feather Breathing inspiration;
* Do not analyze the simple mechanics of Feather Breathing; and
* After initial training, slide in and out of Feather Breathing at work and at home without conscious effort.
Feather Breathing in my experience is the best way to prevent and/or reverse the adverse effects of subliminal hyperventilation on oxygen homeostasis. Feather Breathing dramatically improves oxygen transport and functionalities in times of stress and autonomic dysequilibrium. I return to this subject in the section entitled “Improved Mitochondrial Function with Limbic Breathing.”
How Can I Learn Feather Breathing?
By just trying it. It is evident from the above description of Feather Breathing does not require any special staffing, equipment, or space. It can be learned singly or in groups. At the Institute of Integrative Medicine, most people learn it well within fifteen to thirty minutes. The great advantage of this method is that it can be practiced at home, at work, in a park, or in buses and trains.
Please remember do not ask your self whether you are doing it right. Please, please simply breathe out slowly. The next breath in will be naturally right.
Fewer Breaths, More Energy
How Can slow breathing give more energy? I anticipate doubt in the reader’s mind. It is counter-intuitive. The energy in the body depends on mitochondrial ATP generation. How can mitochondrial function be enhanced with slow breathing? I also anticipate this question. Deep breathing is so entrenched in people’s mind, that the very notion of slow breathing is problematic for them.
Simply stated, slow breathing allows more time for oxygen to move from air sacs in the lungs to the blood in the lung capillaries. Oxygen takes almost twenty times more time to travel that distance than carbon dioxide. Rapid blowing of carbon dioxide disturbs the body’s chemistry in many ways that also impair the ability of oxygen to cross cell membranes and enter cells. These simple and basic facts of physiology are seldom, if ever, duly recognized by doctors.
I have taught slow Limbic Breathing to my patients as an essential part of self healing for thirty years. Feather Breathing is the simplest and most effective method of such breathing for the beginner. Below is the description of Feather Breathing. I follow that an outline of my personal journey with self-regulation and the development of Limbic Breathing. I include several illustrative case studies of the value of Limbic Breathing in companion tutorials in my Energy Healing Series listed under “Energy Healing.”
For detailed information, please consider my book Oxygen and Aging available at http://www.aliacademy.org.