Recently, I often see such a question in everyone’s message: “Teacher, I just learned yoga. Every time I go to class, I feel that when I do a posture, breathing is the opposite of the teacher. I don’t know this method. There is what is the problem?”

This action, my yoga teacher said that I should breathe and lift my hips, but I always took a breath and lifted my hips…

“Teacher, in xx asana practice, chest breathing, abdominal breathing or throat breathing?”

“Teacher, when I practice yoga, my body has no strength. In the process of maintaining the posture, I can’t pay attention to my breathing. What should I do?”

Every time I encounter such a problem, I would suggest answering:

If you are a beginner in yoga, keep breathing naturally and don’t hold your breath. Don’t be too entangled, this action is practiced when inhaling, or when you exhale, don’t entangle, use chest breathing, abdominal breathing or throat breathing, first do the body, do the posture It’s good to breathe naturally.

However, some Yoga people will say that if yoga does not talk about breathing, what is the difference between other sports methods, my yoga teacher said that physical exercise must be accompanied by breathing, otherwise the physical exercise will have no effect.

Do you have to practice breathing with each movement to have an effect? Yes, one of the characteristics of yoga practice differences and other sports styles is breathing? Yes, but the beginners of yoga, just beginning to practice yoga, can’t do the perfect combination of body and breathing.

First, when yoga beginners are unable to master the body exercises, breathing is more difficult to control. For example, in the half-moon style, when your body is unable to stabilize and it is very difficult to open the chest, you have no way to pay attention to whether to lift the leg when inhaling or to open the chest when exhaling.

Second, the breathing method is an advanced exercise of the body position method. It is not a yoga beginner who can practice casually for a month or two. On this point, even Master Iyengar, who has mastered the style well, is very difficult to practice, not to mention the average beginner.

Master Iyengar once wrote in the “light of the adjustment”: “In the beginning, the practice of the prana is a torture for me… Every morning, I get up and practice, control the breath, keep breathing. The rhythm made me feel very laborious. I tried hard to keep it, but I have already panted before I finished the three or four rounds.”

Yoga posture + breathing works well at the same time, even if yoga is more than 10 years, it may not be very good, not to mention novices… In addition, at the beginning of yoga, many people think of style and breathing adjustment methods. It must be implemented together is also a big misunderstanding.

In this regard, Master Iyengar wrote in “The Light of the Adjustment”:

“There is a common misconception that starting from yoga practice, we must practice posture and adjust interest together. According to my experience and experience, if a newbie tries to do his best, he can’t concentrate on breathing at the same time. Otherwise, he will lose balance. And body depth. Please stabilize in style, pause. Then introduce rhythmic breathing techniques…. Unless you have mastered the posture, don’t try to adjust the method of interest. Practice this person will soon find that the body has been trained and naturally Start adjusting your breathing.

Written here, there may be some practitioners of Astanga who have questions. The teacher, Astanga is a breathing action, and it is all prescribed. If it is natural breathing, it is not Ashtanga at all…

In this regard, the master of Astanga, Shirley Patabi Joyce, wrote in the book “Astorga Yoga” about breathing control: students must reach advanced level posture exercises, and Pata Bijoy will teach them the art and science of breathing control.\

Why do you stress not to hold your breath here?

From the perspective of human anatomy, beginners unconsciously hold their breath in yoga practice, causing muscle tension and making it difficult to stretch. In order to avoid such phenomena, yoga beginners, remember to be in the process of stretching Keep your breathing steady and increase the depth of your breathing to promote muscle relaxation, speed up blood flow, and speed up the transport of nutrients into your muscles.

Finally, when you need to explain again, it is recommended that the natural breathing that yoga beginners maintain in the pose is not to let the yoga person give up the attention of the breath, nor to let the yoga practice breathing in the asana, but balance the breath when you are not good. Posture, don’t get too tangled.

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Last modified: 19/08/2019

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