On average, a person takes about 23,000 breaths a day, yet most of us don’t give our breath much thought. When you connect with your breath, you begin to quiet turbulence in the mind. Allow your breath to be your guide as you strengthen your abilities to mindfully and fluidly move through asanas. Here’s how to do it properly.
- Exhale: Relax your face, shoulders, and find the proper alignment in your spine. First, actively empty your lungs by pulling in your abdomen, pushing the air completely out of the lungs through the nose. This should be slow, controlled and steady.
- Inhale: Breath in through your nose filling your lower abdominal first, then your chest, then throat. Slow, controlled, and steady.
Anyone can do yoga practice as long as they can breathe! Learn more about this ancient practice from fitness expert Sara Fowler, RN, featured in our Yoga Series.