The frequency of the breath has effects on the mind. If we consciously lower the frequency of breaths per minute, we encourage great benefits.
Usually, men breathe at approximately a rate of 16-18 cycles per minute. The approximately breathing rate for woman’s is 18-20 cycles per minute.
8 cycles per minute
Feeling more relaxed. Relief from stress and increased mental awareness. Parasympathetic nervous system begins to be influenced. Healing processes are elevated.
4 cycles per minute
Positive shifts in mental function. Intense feelings of awareness, increased visual clarity, heightened body sensitivity. Pituitary and pineal begin to coordinate at an enhanced level producing a meditative state.
1 cycle per minute (“One-Minute Breath”)
20 seconds to inhale
20 seconds hold
20 seconds to exhale
Gives optimized cooperation between the brain hemispheres, dramatic calming of anxiety, fear, and worry together with openness to feeling one’s presence and the presence of spirit.
Intuition develops. The whole brain works – especially the old brain and the frontal lobes of the hemispheres.