Thread: Is breath control bull feces?
12/22/2011 1:07pm, #21
The Mahayana Zen I practice has a saying, "Stay with your breath." All that means is pay attention to your breathing. Breath control can lead to some pretty amazing things. Probably the most impressive that I know of is people with deep meditation skills slowing their heart rate down to the point that they don't bleed out from serious trauma.
Breath control is also an excellent way to control your mood. I use it to calm down when I get angry, and to slow my mind or mouth down when I get too spooled up.
Regarding martial arts, many, many people hold their breath while sparring. This is a very common mistake that can plague even veteran practitioners. Heck, even though I've been working on even breathing on the mat for at least five years, I still occasionally hold my breath when I'm in a bad spot. If you don't know already, holding your breath is almost never a good idea when sparring. Flatulence and framing your diaphragm momentarily are the only things I can think of that would be exceptions.
I have also been taught to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth.Shut the hell up and train.
12/22/2011 6:18pm, #22
If you want to talk benefits....in my wife's own words, practicing zazen has made me "virile". I think you know what that means.