Brain Training Your Breath for SportsWritten By: drcleere
Mental Moment-just breath
- Relax tense muscles. Rowers , golfers and tennis can learn to relax their grip. Musician’s can learn to loosen their grip or their lips on the instrument. Actors can relax their diaphragm.
- Take a pause. In situations where you do need to think a bit before doing anything, a pause will help you to stop and think about the direction you want to go.
- Refocus. Learning to take a breath can help bring your mind back to the moment of playing, auditioning, creating, etc.
- Break the chain. Similar to #2, a breath will help you break your automatic patterns of thinking, acting and responding.
- Help with sleep. If you have a lot of angst at night, focusing on your breath or doing some progressive muscle relaxation will help you fall asleep.
While there are other benefits these are the top 5 reasons to tap into the underutilized resource you have contained right inside of you. Yogi’s have been using the breath for hundreds of years why not you?
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Written by drcleere on July 10, 2012 · Reprinted with permission. Thank you Dr. Cleere.
Comment from Dr. David Burns:
Volitional breathing is a right frontal function from what I understand. Doing breathing exercises elevates right brain. This same area in turn is able to inhibit or modulate other areas of brain associated with sympathetic nervous system (IML – interomedial lateral tract). Decrease sympathetic and increase parasympathetic and many of the stress related health issues dissipate.