The Importance of Breathing
Some excellent examples of the positive and therapeutic uses of rhythmic breathing and breath awareness come from such diverse activities as childbirth and sports. Many women today are choosing natural or drug-free childbirth, focusing on using a variety of breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and pain, as well as to assist the normal bodily processes involved in birthing a child. The father, or another supportive person, may serve as a coach to encourage the woman to regulate her breathing as the infant moves down the birth canal.
In sports, controlled breathing in swimming is absolutely essential in maintaining a steady, smooth movement through the water. Observe weight lifters going through their paces and you will see the results of much practice in the coordination of breath and movement. In dancing, skiing, yoga, and running, breath control plays an important part. Whether or not you participate in such recreational activities, you can profit from breath awareness in whatever you do.