How to do Yoga Breathing
In Day 10 of our 30 day yoga challenge I am going to share with you how to do yoga breathing exercises or pranayama. The benefits of yoga breathing are endless! They help with everything from back pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, headaches, heart disease, chronic pain, hypertension, epilepsy, asthma, panic attacks, coronary heart disease and COPD. Today I am going to show you a couple of hatha yoga poses to open your body to breath and then we are going to do a short yoga breathing exercise called ¨The Essential Breath¨ by Donna Farhi
The hatha yoga pose that I am going to show you today is called gate pose or parighasana and it will open up your side body and intercostal muscles so that you can breathe deeply into the lower lobes of your lungs. Following the hatha yoga pose to improve your breathing and help you breathe into your diaphragm, I will show you a breathing exercise called essential breathing to help you to breathe properly.
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Improper breathing causes many problems including back pain, high blood pressure, headaches, heart disease, chronic pain, hypertension, epilepsy, asthma, panic attacks, coronary heart disease and COPD.
We live in a world of control and this seeps into controlling our breathing, holding in our bellies and wearing tight and constrictive clothes that do not allow us to breathe. We do so much and this does not allow us to breathe.
In July 0f 2017, the Journal of Cardiology found that slow breathing exercises like the one we are going to do today reduce resting heart rate and blood pressure in randomized controlled trials.
In September of 2017, The Journal of Sport Rehabilitation found that breathing exercises were effective at reducing pain and improving quality of life for non-specific back pain.
A 2016 study in the Journal called Perspectives in Psychiatric Care reported that diaphragmatic breathing effectively reduces anxiety in their test group.
It is no wonder that people want to know how to do yoga breathing 🙂
Today I am going to show you a couple of hatha yoga poses to open your body to breath and then we are going to do a short yoga breathing exercise called ¨The Essential Breath¨ by Donna Farhi
But first I am going to recommend related breath yoga classes to you, since people have been requesting that:
If you are a member, I would highly recommend:
Storing Your Energy for the Day, which uses the Slo Mo Ball. This 20 minute class will restore the suppleness of your torso and respiratory myofascia. If this area is stiff, then you will be in a perpetual state of sympathetic dominance known as fight or flight. The sympathetic portion of your nervous system is catabolic, that means it tears down your body, using your body’s energy for fuel and activation, leaving you exhausted. In this class, we access your parasympathetic portion of your nervous system through your upper and lower dantian, to create an energy store-house. This part of your nervous system is anabolic, meaning that it builds up and repairs your body.
If you are not a member, I would recommend the 1 hour Opening Your Body Organically to Breath Video: This is a fabulous beginner-level hatha yoga class which focuses on side bends as well as some breathing techniques to open up your breath.
OK, let´s open up your body for breath and do Donna Farhi´s Essential Breath.
My favourite way to open your body to breath is with side bends.
Gate Pose or Parighasana is a fabulous pose for opening up all those intercostal muscles between your ribs so that you can take in a nice deep breath into the lower lobes of your lungs.
Essential Breath by Donna Farhi
Let´s lie down on your back with your feet flat on the floor so that you have the assistance of gravity and breathing is easier.
For this breath you want to focus on your exhalation or your breath out.
Follow your exhalation or your breath out all the way to the end. Let your breath be effortless and follow it leaving the body.
Notice what happens at the end of your breath out. Do you notice a pause at the end of your breath out? Relax and rest into the pause.
Donna Farhi describes the pause as a place of rest and replenishment.
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