For those of you who have done yoga with me before, you know about my emphasis on breathing. Deep breathes are the basis of our yoga practice, and a place you can return to over and over again… even when the physical asana (stretches) are not within reach. I describe the breath as the thread that weaves together your yoga practice from beginning to end.
How we breathe affects how we feel. Often we sit slouched over, and compress our organs, and breath shallow. Our body doesn’t receive the oxygen we need to feel the vitality that we potentially could. Observe now – how are you sitting? What is your breathing like? How do you feel? Could you sit taller? Breathe deeper? After a few deep breaths how do you feel?
Recognizing the power of breathing is a great first step in your yoga practice. There are so many ways to explore it and observe it! Donna Farhi wrote “The Breathing Book” and it is full of exercises that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
I have a very minimal amount of pranayama (breathing) exercises that I enjoy, and teach, but one I just love and use often in our classes is the “3-part-breath” (in sanskrit called Dirga). Remember to listen to your body, and stop the deep breaths if you become dizzy or light-headed. If you have any respiratory disorders please contact your doctor before beginning any of these exercises.
When I started my YouTube channel a few weeks ago, I did some test run videos, and recently uploaded a 4 minute video guiding you through the 3-part-breath. Although the audio is not as strong as I would have liked, you are welcome to go (turn it up!) check it out and try it out! Please leave a like, comment, or subscribe to the channel to receive future notifications:
Do you have a favourite pranayama? If so, which one, and why is it your favourite? Comment below!