This beginner’s yoga class on breath teaches the fundamentals on breath. Quite simply we will explore inhalation, the breath in and exhalation, the breath out. Additionally we will stretch the container of the breath through yoga postures or asanas that open up the chest, back, side body and soften the belly. Finally we will practice some beginner breath practices including three part breath and beginner alternate nostril breathing.
This week’s class is a beginner’s class on breath. We have begun our class by bringing awareness to the three dimensional container for our breath by creating space for our breath in our belly, side body, chest and back.
Throughout our yoga practice we mostly breathe in and out through our nose. The reason for this is a few. Firstly, by breathing through your nose the air is warmed to the temperature of your body. Also the air is purified by your nostrils as it comes into your body. Sometimes we will use a breath that I will often call a falling out breath where we breath in through our nose and let it fall out of our mouth. This is a breath that I will use mark a transition or to bring attention to something that is happening in the yoga class.
Your breath is made up of four parts. Your inhalation or your breath in, the pause after your inhalation, your exhalation or your breath out and the pause after your exhalation.
Your breath in inspires, elevates, invigorates and gives life and nourishment to all the cells of your body. Your breath out releases, detoxifies, grounds and helps you to let go.
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We have a series on the 5 Koshas, layers of our body and the Pranamaya kosha, the breath body is one of the layers of our body:
In the Introduction to Meditation Series there is a class called Being with Your Breath:
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Props Needed: block, meditation cushion, blanket, or chair for seated practices
Yoga Postures/Yoga Asana: Guided Relaxation, 3-part breath, Setu Bhandasana/Bridge Pose, Ardha Chandrasana/Reclined Side Bend, Cat Pose/Marjaryasana, Parsva Balasana/Thread the Needle Pose, Sharira Hand Body Mudra Series, Lunge Pose/Anjaneyasana, Standing Side Bend/Ardha Chandrasana, Side Angle Pose/Parsvakonasana, Downdog on Forearms/Adho Mukha Svanasana on Forearms, Puppy/Uttana Shishosana, Easy Pose with Twist/Parivritta Sukhasana, Child’s Pose/Balasana, Breath Practice Beginner Nadi Shodhana, Savasana
Yoga Breathing for Beginners, Yoga with Melissa 252 Photos of Yoga Poses