Word of the Day
Here's a word I should have learnt from yoga, and which will now inform my practice, as it is a wonderful thing with a dreadful name, especially when they leave out the 'o'. Practically leaves one breathless. And if not from yoga, I should perhaps have bumped into this term while listening to the somewhat mechanical but nonetheless informative Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases, which is currently only $4.95 Canadian, so basically free in US dollars, on Audible.com, and which is essentially what #1 offspring is currently doing, and so I listened out of loyalty and a morbid fascination with disease. So after thinking I had acquired all 20 or so cases discussed, and then finding I felt pretty well and much better than the lady who drank a bottle of gin a day, I took a deep breath and refreshing an old habit, brought up Scrabble on my dreaded myPhone. And didn't it just play:
Eupnea (yūp-nē'ă) or eupnoea [or euponea if you are a Scrabble playing iPhone app!]
In the human respiratory system, eupnea or eupnoea (Greek eupnoia; from eu, well + pnoia, breath) is normal, good, unlabored ventilation, sometimes known as quiet breathing or resting respiratory rate. In eupnea, expiration employs only the elastic recoil of the lungs.
Eupnea is the natural breathing in all mammals, including humans. Eupnea does not require any volitional effort whatsoever, but occurs whenever a mammal is in a natural state of relaxation, i.e. when there is no clear and present danger in their environment. When a mammal perceives potential danger, eupnea stops, and a much more limited and labored form of breathing occurs.
Eupnea is an incredibly efficient and effective form of breathing, which maximizes air intake, and minimizes muscular effort.
During eupnea, neural output to respiratory muscles is highly regular, with rhythmic bursts of activity during inspiration only to the diaphragm and external intercostal muscles. [Thanks wikipedia, you did much better than the online dictionaries, as if often becoming the case.]
And now to try to achieve a state of eupnea, by bring those nea's eup and see if euphoria can be far behind eupnea if we can release this tense behind [if you catch my yoga twist].
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