Robert Elias Najemy
Breathing difficulties can seriously handicap our ability to
function and enjoy life. Air is our most vital source of energy
and vitality. When we suffer from asthma, bronchitis, allergies,
frequent colds or simply insufficient oxygen intake, we are
prone to a lack of energy, vitality and /or mental clarity.
Every cell within our body depends on an abundant supply of
oxygen for proper metabolism and vitality.
Some Causes of Breathing Problems
1. Hereditary weakness may make our lungs or other organs of
respiratory apparatus weak points in our system. Thus when
tired, overworked, anxious or stressed, these parts of the body
will start to malfunction.
This does not mean, however, that we must suffer. It is in our
hands to live in a certain way so as nurture and protect our
bodies and minds.
Among such weaknesses we should include the inability of the
immune system to effectively protect the body from microbes and
viruses. In some cases the immune system may work overtime
trying to protect the body from "imagined" dangers. Allergies
and asthma are often the result of such over-reactions from the
2. Environmental factors may also aggravate the condition.
Cold and humid weather tend to accentuate breathing problems.
Pollen and other particles in the air may cause allergic
Occupational conditions such as working in a dusty area or in a
smoke filled room may also aggravate the problem.
Pollution irritates our nasal passage and lungs.
Smoking cigarettes obviously damages our lungs, cutting off our
supply of oxygen.
3. An over production of mucus clogs up the breathing passages,
obstructing breathing. Foods, which tend to cause excess mucus,
are all dairy products, white flour, white rice and sweets.
4. A lack of sufficient liquid intake causes the mucus to
thicken and cling to the lungs and other breathing passages.
This creates a favorable environment for microbes to reproduce.
5. Blockages in the spinal vertebrae or tension in the muscles
of the upper back may also obstruct the flow of nerve impulses
and bioenergy to the lungs. This may inhibit the proper
functioning of the lungs.
6. Emotional blockages are directly connected with our
breathing. People, who experience anxiety, depression, fear,
nervous tension or a poor self-image, tend to subconsciously
hold their breath. Thus their breathing is tense, shallow, and
Long-term emotional blockages may also affect the adrenal glands
and thus hormonal disorders may also play their part in the
problem. Negative emotions also depress or disturb the
functioning of the immune system.
7. A lack of proper education in breathing is another reason
why people suffer from breathing problems. It is entirely
possible for us to learn to use our lungs more effectively for
greater energy, vitality, peace and clarity of mind. This should
be learned from an experienced breath coach.
1. Environmental & Habitual Factors
a. Surround yourself with large green leafed plants, which
produce oxygen and absorb pollution.
b. Get out of the city frequently. Go the sea or mountains and
breathe fresh clean air.
c. Use regular deep breathing to clean out and rejuvenate your
d. Deep breathing while walking can clean out a considerable
amount of pollution from the lungs.
e. If you smoke, then - love yourself - and stop.
2. Dietary Guidelines
a. Avoid all diary products, white sugar, sweets, white flour
and white rice. When the problem has subsided, then we can start
taking small quantities of dairy products while watching the
b. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
c. Drink plenty (6 or 8 cups per day) of warm liquid daily. This
may be water, herb teas, or water with lemon. Do not drink
refrigerated or iced drinks.
d. When one has a cold, an onion and garlic soup spiced with
pepper, cinnamon ginger and cloves, opens up the nasal passages
and allows the congestion to flow out.
e. In some cases the use of natural vitamin C tablets can be
3. Facing emotional factors is essential for healing the cause
of the breathing problems.
There are various ways in which we can find relief from these
emotional factors and then eventually analyze them and transcend
a. Self-analysis or objective-self observation can free us from
various emotional attachments and fears.
b. Positive thinking, affirmations, and positive thought
projection can neutralize negative emotions and tendencies.
c. Various Body-centered catharsis techniques in addition to
reprogramming techniques such as EMDR, TFT and EFT can free us
from emotional based psychosomatic symptoms.
4. Exercises and Techniques
A. With the help of various exercises and techniques we seek to:
1. Remove the blockages and tensions from the upper back and
2. Develop greater freedom and control over the muscles of
3. Bring blood and healing energies to the chest area.
4. Open up the nasal passages if they are blocked.
5. Stimulate the harmonious functioning of the adrenal glands
and immune system.
B. Techniques will need the guidance of an experienced coach
1. To start with we can simply practice deep breathing
exercises. These exercises will give us relief from tension and
may even bring the cause for our emotional tension to the
surface so that we may see it more clearly and objectively.
2. Exercises for the upper back and chest can also bring
considerable relief from emotional tensions.
3. Deep relaxation techniques are also very effective for
relaxing the whole system so that the muscles of breathing may
function more freely.
4. In guided deep relaxation sessions the source of the
emotional blockages can be researched through regression.
We can care for our bodies and minds and they will care for us.