The yogis say "if you can control your breathe, you can control your life." Our breathe is a barometer of our physical and emotional health. 

According to a Wall Street Journal article by Sumathi Reddy, "breathing and controlling your breath is one of the easiest ways to improve mental and physical health, doctors and psychologists say. Slow, deep and consistent breathing has been shown to have benefits in treating conditions ranging from migraines and irritable bowel syndrome to anxiety disorders and pain."

"If you train yourself to breathe a little bit slower it can have long-term health benefits," says Murali Doraiswamy, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. "Deep breathing activates a relaxation response" he says, "potentially decreasing inflammation, improving heart health, boosting your immune system and maybe even improving longevity,"

Over the last 27 years, the daily practice of pranayama - deep breathing techniques, have greatly enhanced my physical and mental health. To learn about pranayama and try four different breathing techniques, please click here...

And, watch the video above to learn the 4-7-8 breathing technique pioneered by Harvard-trained Dr Andrew Weil, which is described as a 'natural tranquilizer for the nervous system' helping to quickly reduce tension and allowing the body to relax.

Go ahead, give these breathing techniques a try, and share them with your family and friends. And, enjoy the healing power of breath. 

Wishing you wellness,
Gayathri Signature
Founder & President
ASHA International

You Can Recover - Paolo's Message of Hope

Paolo del Vecchio's struggles with anxiety and depression began when he was 8-years-old. Today, he is a loving husband and father of three beautiful children. And, the 
Director of the Center for Mental Health Services . In this role, he provides executive leadership for federal efforts to improve the nation's mental health service systems.
Paula attributes his well-being to exercise, diet, sleep, and most importantly the love and support of his family.
Paolo wants people struggling with mental health issues around the world know that "recovery is possible." 

Stories have the power to inform, inspire and transform lives. If you have a recovery story, please   submit your story today. Your story will  give HOPE to people struggling with mental health issues around the world, and inspire them to recover and rebuild a healthy, meaningful, productive life.

March 14-16, 2016 
You Can Recover Project - Video Taping

March 17, 2016
Let's Talk About Mental Health
Century High School, Hillsboro, OR

April 1, 2016 
Let's Talk About Mental Health
Canby High School, Canby, OR

April 29, 2016
HEALING VOICES: Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion
Academy Theater at 7818 SE Stark in Portland, Oregon

June 8-10, 2016
The Power of Storytelling - Author's Panel
A Drop of Sunshine - Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion
2016 Annual Conference - Media, Messaging, And Mental Health
To learn more and register, please click here...

ASHA International