Dominique is one of the rare internationally renowned breathing masters.
Having acquired and mastered the Pranayama Yoga techniques in Pondicherry, South India more than three decades ago, Dominique has since been traveling around the World and has taught the Art of breathing in five continents, in India, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, USA, Brazil, Africa, Australia, and Europe.
A French native now based in Europe, (specially in Scandinavia) is currently working with artists in preparation for their plays, shows or musicals.
Born in France, Dominique became absorbed in a career in health, fitness and spirituality at a very early age. He received his initiation and first instructions in Yoga in a Buddhist temple in Hikkaduwa / Sri Lanka, and after 6 months of training, moved to India to study under the world-renowned Dr. Swami Gitananda, who recognized in Dominique, one of his most outstanding and talented students. Along the years, Dominique gave his preference to the extreme importance of the breath. And his work and philosophy is now entirely related to the breathing system.
He deeply believes that anyone without a proper breathing control is unable to think and act positively according to the Nature. That is why Dominique states that if the entire world in reaching its worst chaotic moments, it is due to a massive and global pollution and a wrong alimentation and one of the result is the misuse of our brain. A superficial breath will influence the brain negatively. The brain will not receive enough oxygen and will then transmit wrong message to the rest of the system.
To Dominique, the best way to be aware of a situation and react positively, is breathing well (deep and slow): if we feel a lot of anger in ourselves, there are two ways to react:
• getting rid of that anger by reacting violently and harming our surrounding
• breathing right and feel the anger transformed in a peaceful and civilized thought or action
It is a little bit more than breathing deep…
The Deep and Slow Breath can be acquired very easily. To get a perfect breathing system, we must re-educate our thoracic cage.
A few exercises accompanied with some deep breathings will allow every part of the thoracic cage to expand wide enough so that every single alveoli of the lungs will be correctly inflated with air. Everyone can have access to this marvelous technique. It takes only a few minutes practice everyday.
Breathing is not a simple thing as we think it is: we do it automatically, but do we do it in the right way for every breath?
As breathing detoxifies and releases toxins, if you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly getting rid of the toxins in your body, forcing other muscles in your body to work more and the next thing you know you’re sick.
On the other side, breathing better will help you release tension. Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. It constricts. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs. Breathing better will help you relax and feel less stressed.
The movements of the diaphragm during the deep breathing exercise massages the stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas. The upper movement of the diaphragm also massages the heart. When you inhale air your diaphragm descends and your abdomen will expand. By this action you massage vital organs and improves circulation in them. Controlled breathing also strengthens and tones your abdominal muscles. This is probably why we call the diaphragm the 2nd heart of our body.
Asthmas, emphysema and bronchitis are all classified as “obstructive airway diseases”. In all cases the major symptom is the shortness of breath as the result of an obstruction air flow.
In asthma, the narrowing of the bronchial airway ducts is also common, but the major symptom is the severity and wide variation of the obstruction and the sudden onset of the attack, and often as well, the spontaneous release when medication or Yoga therapy is administrated.
With emphysema, the air spaces beyond the terminal bronchiole become over-distended and the alveolar walls collapse.
In the case of chronic bronchitis, the mucous membrane lining the inside of the bronchiole tube becomes inflamed and swollen, excreting excess thick mucous into the lumen, thereby obstructing the airway passage.
In all cases the usual tendency of bronchiolar narrowing on the “in-breath” is increased by muscle spasms of the bronchiole wall producing the common “bronchio-spasm” with accompanied swelling of the inner lining of the bronchiae due to the inflammation. This mucosal oedema secretes a thick mucous phlegm into the bronchial lumen, complicating an already distressing condition.
Inflammation may affect any part of the respiratory tract, resulting in a temporary condition like the common cold, laryngitis, tracheitis or the more chronic bronchitis. In more serious conditions such as pneumonia, an inflammation of the lung tissue itself is found. Pleurisy, inflammation of the pleura, may be dry and very painful or with effision collecting in the pleural cavity, inhibiting the action of the lung. Emphysema is a collection of pus in the pleural cavity. Pulmonary embolism occurs when an artery to the lung is blocked by an embolus, a clot of blood. Tuberculosis is a chronic disorder, while carcinoma (cancer) frequently attacks the lungs.
Pulmonary ventilation may be inadequate if the breathing is shallow or weak because of damage to the brain, spinal cord, nerves, muscles or ribs, of the breath-lack of oxygen, allows for an accumulation of carbon dioxide. In standard medical treatments, drugs are usually used and in sever cases, an iron lung may be necessary.
Dyspnoea, difficult breathing, may be due to the weakness of the nerves or of the muscles as well as damage to the ribs or the pleural cavities. Pneumonia or pulmonary oedema may cause stiffness of the lungs.
Dangerous medication and surgery or lengthy hospitalization is usually employed to correct these conditions, but for those who wish to resolve the real cause of the problem, we suggest the use of PRANAYAMA.
In the course of dispnoea or the common attack of labored breath, the bronchioles are so narrowed that the air can get into the lungs more easily than it can get out, resulting in the lungs being distended beyond the normal. As the atmospheric air is packed in, there is little space in the distended lungs for more fresh air to get in and the subject feels a sense of “being breathless”.
Forcing the breath, the subject tries to breathe more deeply by heaving the chest and working the muscles of the face, neck and shoulders, so that the chest ends up being completely distended, the facial and neck muscles being distorted.
What is needed at this point is a “BHASTRIKA”, or bellows-like breath that empty the lungs so that the abdominal wall and lower chest will contract, releasing the muscle spasm of the convulsive inspirations.
If the conditions is not corrected in the early stage, then the person will be subjected to more frequent attacks, each usually of a longer duration and more intensity, until chronic distension of the chest takes place, so much so that the subject becomes “breathless” with the mildest exertion, and sometimes, even at rest, but while under emotional or mental strain. The classical “barrel-shaped” chest of the asthmatic is to be noted with this condition.
Pranayama will be the most valuable technique used to correct faulty breathing and the chronic diseases associated with the nose, throat and lungs. Even a moderate attempt at these breath controls will pay giant dividends to the sufferer. The subject will quickly correct the faulty breathing habits which are the root cause of the disease, and then by adhering to a normal diet and living a healthy life will be freer from deseases.
The use of Pranayama will educate the subject to regain the normal physiological chest movement associated with good breathing, or to attain that condition if it has never been experienced before. The essential principle of therapeutic Pranayama is that the subject must learn to control the entire breathing mechanism.
In the beginning, this may feel difficult, but in a short time, with disciplined control, the subject will be able to control his breath while doing physical exercise, climbing, or in other types of exercises. It will also impact the psychological factor that will produce the necessary rest and relaxation. In turn, this will alleviate the tension which once caused health problems.
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Pranayama is the conscious and deliberate control and regulation of the breath (Prana means breath, ayam means to control, to regulate). With each breath we absorb not only oxygen, but also Prana. Prana is cosmic energy, the power in the Universe that creates, preserves and changes. It is the basic element of life and consciousness. Prana is also found in food, therefore it is very important to have a healthy and wholesome vegetarian diet.
The conscious guidance of Prana in the body gives rise to an increase in vitality, physical detoxification and improved immunity, as well as the attainment of inner peace, relaxation and mental clarity.
In mythology it is said that the length of a person’s life is predetermined by the number of breaths. The Yogi tries to “conserve time” and lengthen life by slowing down the breath.
- Preservation of the body’s health
- Purification of the blood
- Improvement in the absorption of oxygen
- Strengthening the lungs and heart
- Regulation of blood pressure
- Regulation of the nervous system
- Supporting the healing process and healing therapies
- Increasing resistance to infection
- Elimination of stress, nervousness and depression
- Quietening of thoughts and emotions
- Inner balance
- Release of energy blockages
- Deepening of meditation
- Awakening and purification of the Chakras (energy centres)
- Expansion of consciousness
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Proper breathing is an underestimated, but critical building block of good health. Slow, deep breathing gets rid of carbon dioxide waste and takes plenty of clean, fresh oxygen to your brain and muscles. More blood cells get the new, oxygen-rich air instead of the same old stale stuff. Experts estimate that proper breathing helps your body eliminate toxins 15 times faster than poor, shallow breathing. You’ll not only be healthier, but you’ll be able to perform better (mentally and physically) and, of course, be less stressed and more relaxed.
Breathing is a very important aspect of our life. There is a saying that goes” Life is breath and breath is life”. So long as there is breath in the body there is life.
Our physical health, mental balance and emotional stability are all affected in the manner that we breathe. When we breathe well our respiratory system works its best, by using full capacity of the lungs. There is a remarkable improvement in digestive, circulation and eliminative process.
Improper breathing techniques is the root cause to a number illness. People get habituated and become droopy and lazy and they consider it a normal condition, which is unfortunately not.
Good breathing techniques has many benefits and is slow, full, deep and rhythmic and
- Improves your sleep pattern.
- It aids in calming the mind, nerves and emotion.
- Improves all mental processes including concentration and memory.
- Tension is released.
- It supplies more oxygen to the body cells and so blood is purified.
- Helps to overcome tiredness and to rejuvenate energy.
After certain time of practice you will be overwhelmed by the benefit from the breathing exercises and would love to devote more time to it. You may even start practicing at home. If this happens then your efforts will bear fruits of which you haven’t even imagined. And what started off, as a mere exercise to relieve certain tension will end becoming an important part of your life.
The use of herbal teas to break up chronic mucous conditions should not be overlooked. Teas made from an infusion of mint, peppermint, barley or oats straw, fenugreek and other alkaline materials can be used freely. In the case of acute mucus colitis, plain barley water or tea made from slippery elm may prove to be the only agent of cure.
The Fasting Diet
Although a total fast from food may be indicated for certain chronic catarrhal conditions, a “fasting diet” may serve instead. A diet made up of finely ground shredded or sliced fruits and vegetables is usually used.
If the “fasting diet” is to be used for a curative purpose, then a three-day fruit juice regime should precede it. The potassium broth may be used as a substitute for the fruit juices; then the diet made up only of fresh fruits and vegetables is to be used. Absolutely no refined products are to be tolerated, although a little honey may be used if some sweetener is required.
Fluid intake should be high, particularly in the case of pyelitis and cystitis, and as much as three to four liters of water a day may be tolerated. Milk and other dairy products must be avoided.
It is to be remembered that this is a curative diet and not one recommended to maintain general health. Usually a week to ten days on this diet will show great improvements in the condition, so that other food items may gradually be included in the regular diet. A careful watch should be kept for those foods to which the body has en allergy and these should be eliminated permanently from the regular diet.
Sunbaths and Walking
Apart from the diet and dietary restrictions, one must think in terms of doing a lot of Pranayama, particularly out in the open air and sunshine. The early morning and late afternoon are the best times for the Pranayama practices.
Short sunbaths are often of great help, but care should be taken not to get sunburn. The natural sunbath is to be preferred ever the artificial sun lamp where possible. Sea baths aid in the loosening of congested mucus and a sunbath following can have added health benefits as well.
An evening or morning stroll while doing deep breathing should be a daily routine for anyone with chronic breathing disorders. Sedentary city dwellers will find this an excellent daily constitutional and although it may not permanently cure a condition by itself, the condition is of times greatly mitigated.
The Smoking Habit
There should be little if no tolerance for a patient who continues the cigarette habit after being shown the facts of the damaging effects of tobacco etc… it stands to reason that no amount of “cure” can aid persons who deliberately wishes to destroy his health and life. For those who find it difficult to “kick” the habit, a little self-denial and self-control should be extended along with the dedicated use of the Pranayamas outlined here.