Many Ways to Alkalize, Be Healthy!

Air, Food andWater can all be used to Alkalize, and Be Healthy

What if you spent less time than it takes to smoke a cigarette to Alkalize your Blood?

What if you asked your boss, or asked yourself, if you are your own boss, for a breathing break?  Why not?  The smokers take smoking breaks!


Seriously,  Alan Hymes, M.D., a co-author of Science of Breath, described the process of the oxygenation of the blood.  He did so to validate the co-authorship of Swami Rami, a Yogi, who, like all of we Yogis and Yoginis, teach breathing exercises.   Dr. Hymes pointed out the important obvious.  Gravity pools most of the blood in our lungs towards the bottom of our lungs (assuming we are not in a headstand).  So we use this scientific explanation to choose yoga belly breathing to boost our blood alkalinity, any time, any where!  On the inhale, get the air into the bottom of your lungs, and more of the oxygen in that breath will go into your blood stream than if you took in a shallow breath.  And yes, oxygenated blood alkalizes all organs in the body, including the brain. 

Belly Breathing

So lets learn to make our lungs happy!   Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground and parallel to one another.  If this is your first time doing this, it helps to put one or both hands on your belly to reinforce the feel of your belly movement.

After you have the rhythm of inhale the belly out, and exhale the belly in, your hands are relaxed in your lap or resting on your quads.   If you are a yoga person, go into easy pose in gyan mudra.

You can also do this standing straight, feet parallel, and hip distance apart, with your hands and arms relaxed down on your sides.  


Eyes may be open or closed, but if you have privacy, or are with people doing this together, close your eyes and focus on the point between your eyebrows.  All inhales and exhales in this exercise are equal in duration and in effort. 

Use your timer on your smart phone.  Start with a one minute timer, and work your way up to three minutes.

Begin by using your ab muscles at the navel point to push the air out of the bottom of your lungs by drawing the muscles back towards the spine.  This pulls the belly in.  (1) From this position, use those same ab muscles to push your navel point out as far as you can, pushing the belly out, drawing air into the bottom of your lungs, and then, (2) draw those ab muscles back in towards your spine, pulling the belly in, until all air in the bottom of the lungs is expelled.  Again, the inhale and the exhale are both the same duration and effort.  There is no contest to see how fast you can do this, or how much air you can take in or push out, or how hard you drive your abs.  Just make a concentrated effort to bring air with oxygen into the bottom of your lungs, where most of your blood is pooled, and to exhale the carbon dioxide out that is exchanged during the intake of oxygen. 

This breathing technique can be done anywhere, and as often as you desire.  When you work your way up to three minutes, you will notice your energy is heightened.  This oxygen will allow your body to perform better, in addition to allowing your body to heal itself.

A link to, or back to, Yogi John Silvestri's Kundalini Yoga webpage