What Is Yoga Breathing

Stretch positioning of the hips (partner exercise):

Partner 1 tunes in observantly to the breathing rhythm of Partner 2. They then lift the left hip of Partner 2, which is located in the lying down position, from the right with both hands up to vertical position, remain somewhat in this stretching posture, and then allow the hip to sink back down to the mat in slow motion. Partner 1 continues stretching 1 – 2 times on the same side, and then lifts the other side 3-to 4-times and allows it to sink back down again. Partner 2 allows the breathing to happen, Partner 1 continues to sensitively observe the breathing rhythm of Partner 2.

Turn head and knee in the opposite direction and allow to sink down:

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Whilst lying on the back pull the legs towards the buttocks so that the soles of the feet are laying flat. Now allow both the knees to sink down to the floor to the right outside, whilst the head turns in the opposite direction towards the left until the ear sinks towards the floor. Remain in this stretched position for a while and with head and knees come back to the centre position; then turn to the other side, with the knees towards the left and the head towards the right.

Breathing and straightening up

An unconstrained, casual posture does not mean hanging limp or going hollow-backed as many think. The over strung military posture according to the motto chest out, stomach in, as well as the droopy posture with the shoulder girdle hanging towards the front, hunched back, sunk-in chest, and droopy abdominal walls are not suitable to optimally supply the lungs with oxygen.

Good posture is not something rigid and does not mean holding on tightly, it corresponds more to an internal posture, which also manifests on the outside. Our external posture changes when our internal attitude and our behaviour changes. Either we become more upright, or we allow ourselves to droop down. Upright posture does not mean swallowing a broomstick or maintaining spine and posture at any price, or becoming locked and fixed in the sacroiliac joint and neck area. No, it means a swinging uprightness, whereby the head is balanced on the spine like on a pole normally consisting of 24 movable jointed vertebrae (out of the total of 33 vertebrae), and where the spinal column erects and supports the space filled with the breathing. Thereby the contact with the floor also does not become interrupted, but remains effective in a continuous enervation (= transmission of the impulses through the nerves) from the feet to the head.

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