April 11: World Breathing Day
We all breathe, and we all breathe the same air, yet we rarely stop to acknowledge how fundamentally important our breath is, or how it connects us to our planet and to every other living being on it. An international day dedicated to breath reconnects us to this reality, promoting peace, health and well-being worldwide, for humanity and the earth.
We all breathe, all human beings, beyond race, gender, politics and religion. By celebrating this simple yet essential fact we invite more unity, inspiring peace into the world.Veronique Batter, Chair of the World Breathing Day initiative
While there are many ways to breathe consciously, all have tremendous benefits in managing stress, reducing trauma, increasing focus, improving self-regulation and hyper-activity, and critically and positively impacting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.
Conscious breathing is also a highly effective tool for achieving and maintaining mental and emotional balance during times of crises, such as one caused by a global pandemic, and can easily be taught to groups of people in critical conditions and in emergency situations.
This global event invites everyone to remember, experience and celebrate the healing and unifying power of breath. It also serves to remind us of the basic, vital importance of clean air and of a clean and healthy environment for present and future generations.
We all have unlimited and free access to this simple, natural, potent tool that calms our nerves, de-stresses our minds, and creates emotional stability so that we can maximize our human potential and become the best we can be.