Q: What can you hold without ever touching or using your hands?
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Answer: Your breath!
If you laid out the lungs flat, they would cover the size of a tennis court (about 70 square meters!)
The right lung is larger than the left. The left lung is smaller to accommodate the heart. The left lung is made up of two lobes while the right is made up of three.
When we breathe we are either right nostril or left nostril dominant. Yogis believe that when the right is more open or breathing more smoothly we are more driven by the sympathetic nervous system. This means we are more fired up, active, and aroused. Dominance in the left nostril tends to happen when we are relaxed and at ease. The dominance changes around every 20 minutes during the day.
Breathing more slowly and taking longer breaths can reduce your appetite according to some studies. While mindfulness techniques like visualization and guided imagery have shown to be highly effective for those struggling with food cravings and addiction, slow breathing exercises also proved effective.
It is believed we only have so many breaths in our life. It’s considered within a normal range to take somewhere between 12 to 25 breaths per minute, based on your level of fitness. But the average person takes about 16 breaths per minute, or 960 breaths per hour, 23,040 breaths a day, 8,409,600 a year. If you lived to the age of 75, that would mean 630,720,000 breaths in your lifetime.
Most of us have seen how long we can hold our breath underwater – but Budimir Šobat (Croatia) had proven he’s unrivaled at the skill. On 27 March 2021, he broke the record for the longest time breath held voluntarily (male) with a staggering time of 24 minutes 37.36 seconds.