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Dec 2016

Breathing during Asanas (Yoga Poses) Importance and benefits, Pranayama beginners guide

One of the hallmarks of classical yoga practice is a use of ujjaye pranayama – wave motion breathing. Ujjaye breathing and developing breathing exercise into pranayama enlivens our life-force. In asana practice there are three fundamental rules for the breath patterns. 1. Inhalation occurs as you extend the spine and exhalation occurs when you release tension in your body and relax. When practicing yoga, our rhythmic breathing is harmonized to be at the pace with body motions. For example, starting with Tadasana (standing position), we lift our arm up and we inhale during this motion. The inhalation will be complete when the arms reach full shoulder flexion, with fingertips aimed at the ceiling. Similarly, when we exhale and we lower our arms to our sides and we slowly run out of breath when our arms touch our sides. 2. Inhale when you move to center or become erect and exhale when moving away from centered position. It’s important that we are aware of motion and breathing patter and that we know when we are moving slowly into forward – bending position we extend ourselves, lightening our spine with each inhalation. We move forward with each exhalation. 3. Our breath awareness is constant, even when our body is stationary. When we hold an asana (position) our attention should remain on the internal wavelike flow of ujjaye breathing. Our intention is to deepen physical pose by continually going into a wider range of motion. Yoga regulates all four parts of the breath:...

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