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Asana and Breath

shanti1082010-07-05 02:25:56 +0000 #1

Often breath is opposite of traditional exercise breath rhythm. For example, exhaling during "exertion" phase of exercise vs yoga where exhale is release/phase. Please can you explain why this is so? Any resources/physiological-or energetic explanations i can offer to "exercisers" who resist the yoga breath rhythm?

InnerAthlete2010-07-05 02:40:24 +0000 #2
There are different breaths in Asana just as there are different breaths in pranayama.

I wouldn't worry too much about resistant exercisers. Once they cultivate a greater self awareness they will know the subtlties of the proper breath; except of course where the breath is counter intuitive like in the Tibetan Rites where the chakras are being activated.
Pandara2010-07-05 02:51:50 +0000 #3

Breath control is a gradual development in all yogis and in the beginning I usually give attention to the inhalation and exhalation to strenghten the lungs and to balance the nervous system, I would tell them to inhale and when to exhale during an asana, this way they quickly learn the rythm of yoga breathing. This I do at least for the first two to three years with beginners. Those resistant ones will sooner or later fall in with the breathing.

Good luck and just let flow, do not try to control too much, each person must learn control for him/her-self and yoga will affect control eventually, in some it may just take longer than in others.
Hubert2010-07-05 03:29:31 +0000 #4
I do not practice any kind of breath control, except counting it while performing asanas. I sometimes do kapalabathi but only when I feel the need, and only for a minute or two. This is natural and I did this before I learned the name of it.

Nityananda said there is no yoga without breath control ... so I am not much of a yogi.
Pandara2010-07-05 03:41:46 +0000 #5
Ah Hubert, not much of a yogi??? Perhaps you might not do breathing according to the norm of yoga, but then again who needs special breathing if they exhibit the insight you do in most of your mails!
Hubert2010-07-05 03:32:50 +0000 #6
Thank you, you are too kind. I will try to raise myslef to deserve your appreciation.

This is the curse of trying to appear better than we really are ...



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