This new videos covers the benefits of holding your breath as well as recommendations for practicing it. The benefits go way beyond extra energy and endurance and extend to all the body’s organs including the brain.
Some of the key points in this video:
- By working on holding your breath you can improve your energy, endurance and conditioning – all of which are extremely important for athletic performance. What’s the main thing that optimizes your ability to hold your breath longer? Lung capacity.
- As soon as we begin the breath-hold, C02 is building up; we have too much of it and not enough oxygen.
- Breath holds should be trained progressively, adding a little bit at a time. Even adding five seconds per day is an admirable goal which trains the body and will allow you to hold your breath for longer and longer periods of time.
- Uptake more oxygen before holding your breath by hyperventilating or through other breathing methods which saturate the lungs, blood and cells with plenty of oxygen.
- Three minutes is a good goal to shoot for.
- Passing out from a lack of oxygen is a real threat so be cautious by staying low to the ground or lying on a bed while doing breath training.
- Keeping still is the easiest way to begin, but other methods can involve breath holds while exercising.
- Holding your breath, especially under water, forces blood flow into your organs, improving their health, and possibly your cognition as well. That’s right, some claim you can develop special mental powers while regularly holding your breath.
- It is a great thing to do in the fresh air at the start of your mornings.
- To jumpstart your training learn more about the Mammalian Dive Reflex. When we are submerged in water or have water splashed on our face, blood flow to the brain and other organs gets amplified even more.
- One of the key elements is relaxing while holding your breath; as you do so, float or lay completely still; no movement and not even any thoughts as mental power can drain a lot of oxygen.
Someone asked me “how can I hold my breath longer?” The video above has some great tips for beginners.
Not mentioned in the video, but recently I’ve also been taking “lung herbs” before this practice which I believe helps. One of the best lung herbs out there is cordyceps sinensis.