Feb 7, 2012

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Breath is central to yoga

because it is central to life….

and Yoga is about life.

 – T. Krishnamacharya   (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989)

Breath is the Key

As we breathe continously throughout our lives, we hardly notice the importance of our breath. Movement in asana (yoga posture) opens out or compresses the chest and abdomen as we breathe in or out. Expansion and relaxation of the chest and abdomen are integral to the process of breathing. In yoga posture, we practice breath awareness and it’s effects on body and mind

As breathing and movement affect the shape of the body, both breathing and movement are also affected by the shape of the body. We learn to use this connection intelligently in our yoga practice. Opposite movement and breath cycle will create conflict in the body and can adversely affect our health. The breath is the link and conditioner to calm our  mind.

The breath is always leading the movement -not vice versa. A quality yoga practice is is experienced by how well you choose to breathe and allow the body to open to the breath. Often times in class you’ll hear the teacher remind you to “let your mind rest on your breath.”

 

 

 

 

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