Correct breathing during yoga not only allows you to get the desired effect from the asanas, but it also helps you reach a special meditative state.
There are a few things to keep in mind:
- Breathe only through the nose.
- Activate the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the thoracic and abdominal cavities. When you inhale, it expands the volume of the lungs, and when you exhale, it returns to its original position. Diaphragmatic breathing isn’t always obtained the first time. A simple exercise can help. Lying on your back, bend your knees and put one hand on your stomach, the other on your chest. Breathe so that the arm on the chest remains motionless, and the hand on the stomach rises when you inhale and falls when you exhale.
- Breathe slowly and deeply.
- Maintain the rhythm. The transition from one asana to another is accompanied by a certain rhythm of breathing. The main rule: the movements directed upward (to raise the arms, to straighten the spine, to bend) are carried out on an inhale, and movements directed downward (to bend, to round the back) should be done on an exhale.
- When performing static asanas, breathing in yoga should not stop. Each exhalation is worth using to relax a bit more and to get deeper into the position.
Simple power yoga poses and asanas
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