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Breath vs Integrity of Pose?

SerindipiT2010-07-04 22:47:27 +0000 #1
Greetings to All! I am a new member here, although I've been lurking for several weeks. I look forward to getting to know each of you.

I am a novice practitioner of general Hatha yoga (the teachers are trained in various disciplines). I go to a studio 1-3 times per week, depending on that week's budget, and am trying very hard to get in the habit of a home practice my "days off".

My question is this: During my home practice, of, for example, Sun Salutation, I find it very difficult to co-ordinate my breath with the transitions of the poses. I'm sure this is due to the very fact I am a beginner in every sense, but I also find that I tend to concentrate more on the integrity of the pose, i.e. my muscles, my spine, etc. In fact sometimes I concentrate so hard, I forget to exhale! I'm wondering what the general opinion is with regards to which is more important for me to work on, breath or posture? Perhaps with more practice, they will fall together into place?

I hope this makes sense, and appreciate in advance any input offered.

Best Regards to All,


justwannabe2010-07-04 23:03:18 +0000 #2
stand in a bad posture for fifteen minutes and see what happens

stop breathing for fifteen minutes and see what happens

enjoy your journey

Nichole2010-07-04 23:17:39 +0000 #3
With week or more regular practice (3-4 daily rounds of Sun Salutation) you should develop the breathing rhythm. For now, concentrate on getting the fullness of the movements. With some practice, the breath will become deeper and the rate will slow. It will flow with each pose and without effort.

InnerAthlete2010-07-04 23:18:32 +0000 #4
With more practice (assuming the practice is a proper one) they will fall into place together.

The breath is critical. Without the breath the body is holding. However when it comes to the concept of concentration one is either concentrating or not and it is nver agressive, tight, holding, or constricting. Focus and concentration have a gentle feel. Holding the breath does not. It illicits the fear response (as though we are dying or being attacked).

Breath, alignment, posture, action, these are all important.

Your practice should build but without strain. If that means (right now) to direct your attention only to the breath then do so. I personally prefer you occupy the mind with the asana and learn (on the job) to move the breath too.



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