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daryoung2010-07-05 07:39:27 +0000 #1
Hi! I am brand new to yoga (I've been doing it daily for about four months and plan to do it daily for the rest of my life--I love it!) and am really struggling with something.

When I sit up straight for sitting meditation, I get breathless. The straighter I sit, the worse it is. If I hunch over, I can breathe much better. What's going on? I'm assuming that my body is so used to hunching that I'm just very tight, and that the muscles I use to sit up straight are very weak.

What can I do to strengthen myself so that I can sit up straight and, once there, breathe easily?
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 07:42:08 +0000 #2
Backbends.

Bhujangasana

Ustrasana

Setu Bandha

Urdhva Dhanurasana

Dhanurasana

Please modify these as necessary relative to your level of practice, experience, mobilty, strength, and alignment.
Alix2010-07-05 07:58:45 +0000 #3
It might be helpful for you to sit on a block at first. Have you tried this?

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