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    To me it would have to be "Momo" by Michel Ende ,ever since I read it years and years ago, it has really stuck with me has taught me to see everyday in a different way , really great novel. "Time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart."
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    Hi my name is Peter and I am living in Santa Cruz, California!
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    Hi everyone! I see there is a lot of confusion between nose and mouth breathing and some people recommend mouth breathing over nasal breathing. So, just thought of sharing this here to make it clear. Proper breathing technique is a bridge between your body and your mind. Concentrating on the breath works as a nexus, a focal point to unite our awareness and action in common point linking all three. Breathing is fundamental in all kinds of yoga sessions because it activates the parasympathetic nervous system allowing the relaxation response to take over and helps in establishing more profound inner gaze and meditative state. Not only the nose should do breathing but also inhalation should be directed towards the back of the throat and it should be slow, even and measured. It is extremely important to use nasal breathing in our yoga practice for following four reasons:- 1) To center the mind. By focusing on the breath, drawing it out, it allows you to stay in a specific state of mind (calm and focused). 2) To keep heat regulated in the body. 3) Cooling effect on brain. 4) It diminishes distractions and allows the practitioner to remain self-aware and grounded in the practice. In addition, we should not breathe out through the mouth, but exhaling should be done only through nose. When we breathe out through the mouth, we are wasting energy, even though there are some specific exercises in yoga where mouth breathing does happen. Mouth breathing can contribute to the following: misaligned bite, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and nighttime urination. Air exhaled through the nose creates back pressure when one exhales. It slows the air escape so the lungs have more time to extract oxygen from them. Therefore, it is more appropriate to breathe out through the nose. Moreover, breathing through nose allows the body to use its natural filtering system and following the nasal path, the breath flows in through the nose up through the brain, flowing down through the throat to the rest of the body up through the stomach out mouth. This is the body’s way of cleansing itself and providing the other nutrients of breath. Therefore, Majority of Yoga poses promotes nasal breathing. So what’s the big deal in nasal breathing?
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    Hello, I am Alisa and I am reading from Las Vegas, Nevada. Good to see that this forum exists!
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    Hello there! I am sorry that you have migraine. I do have migraine as well. But I found a "cure" for myself, which makes the migraines appear very rarely now. I started with the migraines when I was around 10 years old and now I am 34. At first the pain was killing me and I didn't know what to do. I actually didn't know what happens at all. After years of pain I started analyzing the problem and found out what happens and the best is that I found WHY it happens. I found out the migraine was a reaction of my body. Why? Because I was: not getting enough sleep not drinking enough water not eating proper food staying in front of a computer When I became 16, 17 I added those things to the list: drinking alcohol (beer triggers my migraine very quickly) smoking cigarettes going to many parties, bars, disco clubs and so on I did this at least 2 times a week and I had a lot of migraine crisis. BTW I have a migraine with aura. For those that don't know it is a symptom and you see it with one of your eyes. It lasts for about 30 minutes before the pain starts. It looks like this: So, after years of analyzing I found the triggers. And I started fixing the problem. I used to have pain after every aura. After I started changing the way i live, the pain still appeared but not after ever aura. I also used to have migraine crisis at least once every month. I had even 3-4 migraine crisis in 2 days. Not any more. The crisis stopped. Now they appear rarely. Of course added something else to my eating diet. I take minerals and vitamins now and then. Magnesium and Vitamin B6 are what I take the most. I found that by reading many studies like those. But remember that I do not recommend you to take anything without asking your doctor first! In short this is my story. I hope it will help you open your eyes for some of problems that trigger your migraine.