Are you efficiently using your brain? Do you believe that you only use 10% of your brain? That’s actually an urban myth! We are constantly using both hemispheres of the brain even if you are predominately right or left brained. The different parts of our brain are activated for different tasks such as processing language (left side) and emotions (right side).
But, are these sides balanced? Can we balance them?
Yes! According to Chinese Medicine, we have three levels to our brain: an upper, middle and lower. These correspond to our Spirit (Shen), Energy (Qi), and Vitality (Jing) and are housed in the Dan Tians ( field of elixer). It is important to regulate these levels because our brain regulates our hormones, sleep, memory, emotions and determines how you cope with stress. The brain needs oxygen and glucose to do all this. When our brain doesn’t get enough oxygen or glucose because of injury or stress, we get sick, lose sleep, can't concentrate or focus and your body suffers making you vulnerable to extreme emotions.
How do you do this? With the help of your breath! Breathing helps regulate the flow of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. When the brain has sufficient oxygen and nutrients you can:
Try these two breathing exercises to jump start your brain:
Practice these daily exercises to see results. You can do it as many times as you like and you can practice for as long as you want.
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