Feel Dizzy when meditating
March 22, 2007 12:59pm CST
I do deep breathing exercises every morning. I heard that if you try to hold your breath for at least a minute and then release it it helps you to relax and greatly improves on's concentration. I tried doing this. Did it a couple of times. By the fifth time i was struggling with holding it for a minute and when i started breathing out, I began to feel as if i was going to black out. I was normal within 10 secs but my heart was beating very fast. I am wondering whether i should discontinue with this meditation and consult a specialist on how to do it properly. Your suggestions please?
• United States
22 Mar 07
I don't recommend holding your breath for that long at all, especially if you're new to it. The whole point of deep breathing exercises is to facilitate the movement of oxygen throughout the body, especially to the brain. By holding your breath for that long, you're acutally cutting off your oxygen supply. Was it 5 times in a row? Because that would explain why you felt like blacking out...it would have essentially stopped oxygen from going to your brain. And, your muscles would have built up lactic acid, which would cause stiffness, instead of relaxation. I say, stick with just simple deep-breathing for now. And, if later you feel like you want to try something similar to the holding-your-breath thing, consult someone more experienced, like a specialist...but maybe even just a friend whose been doing it for awhile.