The very first thing we do in life is take a breath. It’s the only thing we have to do…all the time. So, we probably don’t think much about it. That is, until we climb a flight of stairs or shovel snow or experience an emotional upset. Maybe we have anxiety and we are in our heads with thoughts of concern and worry.
Let’s just say that most of the time we don’t really notice how we are breathing.
It’s why yoga as a whole is so go for our ability to breathe effectively.
Pranayama is the breathing part of yoga. Proper alignment in a poses is important but just as important is breathing. Yoga has a while discipline related to the breath…it si the art of breathing. Through various breathing techniques we strengthen the diaphragm and train our bodies to breath fully and with purpose. This lowers stress and anxiety and gives us more oxygen. Simple right? Yes. But it takes effort and regular focus and the practice of breathing techniques to open up the breathing apparatus and strengthen this area so that our regular breath becomes more effective.