Breath – Breathing exercises to maximise the quality of your life
Science has long believed that our automated systems such as heart beat, digestion or body temperature regulation were outside of our “conscious control”. However, there is now scientific evidence that our autonomous systems can be “influenced” and this can be achieved through breath and breathing exercises.
In this article we will explore the concept of “breath work” accompanied by some scientific information on hypoxic training and how you can maximise the quality of your life with this knowledge. Thanks to amazing, boundary pushing characters such as Wim Hof, there’s now scientific proof that it’s possible to influence our automated systems such as our immunity system, and Breath has been found to be a gateway into “hacking” our own systems.
However, this knowledge has somehow been available to humans for thousands of years. Breathing practices are important to yoga, tantra and shamanic cultures. The latin root of the word ‘spiritual’ actually means ‘to breathe’ and the original rituals of modern organized religions have a breathwork component to them as they are believed to lead you closer to God.
The Legend Of Soma
The legend of Soma tells of a sacred ritual that the ancient Rishis would indulge in during the Golden Age of the Vedic tradition. In this time period the population was much smaller and resources were more abundant. People lived peacefully and harmoniously.
This legendary ritual is thought to have involved the ingestion of a psychedelic plant. The identity of which has still not been confirmed by historians. It is claimed to be a mysterious and magical ritual that would allow the Rishis to commune with the Gods and have direct divine downloads of wisdom that would aid the betterment of society. It is also thought to be the same ritual that would allow the Rishis to create superhuman powers, overcome death and lead to immortality.
This sounds far fetched, however new emerging science is beginning to back up many of the claims held in our spiritual past.
Substance To Spirit
These inspirational visions would go on to inspire the verses of the Rig Veda, an ancient text that forms the origins of yoga, ayurveda, tantra, hinduism and buddhism. However according to legend at one point in time Soma ran out. This forced people to go inward in order to seek new ways to get to the same ecstatic states that allows connection to the divine.
Scientifically Soma could be described as a method to ingest a quantity of DMT and other psychoactive chemicals that would sustain for long enough inside the brain to produce the visionary effects.
This molecule is found in very small amounts in your body and we naturally produce tryptamines like melatonin and serotonin that are structurally very similar. It has been hypothesised that either DMT or a combination of tryptamines are released when you dream, and just before you die, to explain the reason for the vivid dream like hallucinations and experiences similar to ‘near death’ you get after consuming DMT in larger amounts. This is why it has been regarded as the ‘spirit molecule’.
Breathing practices are important to yoga, tantra and shamanic cultures. The latin root of the word ‘spiritual’ actually means ‘to breathe’ and the original rituals of modern organized religions have a breathwork component to them as they are believed to lead you closer to God.
An ancient pranayama breathwork technique called Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka or holding your breath beyond the comfort zone for a short period of time, creates a physiological state known as intermittent hypoxia that involves brief periods of lower than normal blood oxygen levels.
If properly practiced according to legend, this breathwork ritual will lead to eternal youth and immortality by producing Amrita, the nectar of Gods. Amrita is closely linked to Soma, and it has been suggested that Soma also exists in the body and may even be another name for DMT.
Perhaps Amrita is in fact the movement of somatic stem cells around the body? Stem cells have the power to turn into any other cell and are found in greatest number when you are in the womb as an embryo, a time when you exist in a state of hypoxia, as the oxygen levels in the womb are about 10% of the outside world.
Once you are born the stem cells hide away in places of low oxygen such as bone marrow. New treatments are emerging that extract stem cells from your body, for hope one day they can be used to recreate organs and can cost upwards of $20,000.
However new research shows that intermittent hypoxic training, where you create brief periods of low oxygen levels, can produce almost instantaneous results by actually stimulating stem cells to come out of their niches and move around the body and to places where they can heal and regenerate healthy cells for your organs.
This form of therapy has been used by Russian doctors for decades to treat a number of diseases such as coronary heart disease, and even to improve recovery time from injury and athletic training. Stamina and endurance is also enhanced as intermittent hypoxia stimulates the production of new muscle tissue, red blood cells and even blood vessels.
Using a combination of scientifically proven breathwork techniques, rhythmical and euphoric music, guided meditation and imagery I have developed a remarkable process for reaching heightened states of consciousness and ecstatic bliss. It has even been described as a ‘psychedelic orgasm on DMT’ by a modern shaman.
These techniques are now part of SOMA Breath where we’ve put together this knowledge and methods into an easy to follow system. Once you understand the deep scientific knowledge and master the techniques you will be blown away by what your body and mind can do. If you’re already a practitioner of yoga, meditation, etc, the effects will be even stronger.
For now, I invite you to join me personally on a free webinar. I will introduce you to the techniques and we can talk more in depth on how to influence your autonomous systems to better the quality of your life and reach your highest potential with information fully backed by science.
If you’re curious about my story and how I can claim go have developed one of the most efficient breathing exercises to this day, read my story here.
All the Best.