Harness the Power of Breathwork for Better Health on World Breathing Day

Last Updated on April 10, 2024 by Brendan Barnhill

As the world celebrates World Breathing Day on April 11, Australian Breathwork Expert, Yoga Teacher, Greencare Wellness Expert and co-owner of Flow Athletic, Kate Kendall, highlights the profound impact proper breathwork techniques can have on overall health and wellbeing. 

In a fast-paced world where the simple act of breathing often takes a backseat, Kate emphasises the profound impact that correct breathing can have on our vitality, resilience, and long-term health. 

“Breathing is a fundamental aspect of life often overlooked, and breathing correctly holds the key to unlocking vitality, resilience, and long-term health,” says Kate. 

“Surprisingly, statistics suggest that approximately 30 to 50 percent of adults engage in mouth breathing, particularly during the earlier hours of the day.”

“While mouth breathing isn’t inherently ‘bad’, long-term mouth breathing can inadvertently contribute to various oral health issues, and may be linked to conditions such as behavioural problems, asthma, and anxiety-related disorders” adds Kate.

There are common barriers that hinder individuals from adopting proper nose breathing techniques, including; allergies, asthma, stress, anxiety, poor posture, and, ironically, mouth breathing itself.

To breathe effectively through the nose, Kate emphasises the importance of adopting a low, slow nose breathing technique.

“By closing the mouth gently and breathing deeply into the belly, breathing through your nose can help filter out dust and allergens, boost your oxygen uptake, and humidify the air you breathe which can promote better oral and overall health.”

“While nasal breathing may feel challenging initially, benefits include increased energy, focus, and vitality throughout the day. Breathing through the nose is also important during physical activities like yoga and exercise, for optimising performance and sustaining energy levels.”

“Many of my clients experience improved focus and productivity, better posture, digestion, and sleep after adjusting the way they use their breath. Additionally, nose breathing boosts immunity, regulates carbon dioxide levels, and stimulates the vagus nerve for relaxation and stress management.”

“By understanding the impact of chronic mouth breathing and embracing proper nose breathing techniques, individuals can make positive changes to their overall health and wellbeing,” adds Kate.

World Breathing Day encourages a global celebration of the practice of conscious breathing and highlights the power of taking the time to breathe together. On World Breathing Day, Kate encourages everyone to breathe easy, breathe consciously, and embrace the transformative power of mindful breathing in their daily lives.For those interested in exploring breathwork sessions with Greencare Wellness Expert, Kate Kendall, further information can be found here.

Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall

Passionate about teaching the art of ‘slow living’, Kate is the Co-Founder of Flow Athletic and author of ‘Life in Flow’ – a contemporary guide to living your Yoga off the mat.

With over 20 years experience in teaching yoga and breath, and having undertaken numerous trainings with teachers from all over the globe as well as facilitating her own ‘Inspired Leaders’ Yoga Teacher Training, Kate is forever humbled and a student of the practice of yoga as a way of life.

Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall

Passionate about teaching the art of ‘slow living’, Kate is the Co-Founder of Flow Athletic and author of ‘Life in Flow’ – a contemporary guide to living your Yoga off the mat.

With over 20 years experience in teaching yoga and breath, and having undertaken numerous trainings with teachers from all over the globe as well as facilitating her own ‘Inspired Leaders’ Yoga Teacher Training, Kate is forever humbled and a student of the practice of yoga as a way of life.

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