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Unlocking the Secret: The Remarkable Role of Breath in Your Yoga Practise

Have you often wondered why breath is important in yoga?...

So, first off, let’s start by taking a deep, refreshing breath…. it feels good, right? Well, let's dive into why it's more magical than you think!

Basically, your breath is your trusty sidekick in yoga - it's the secret sauce that transforms a mere physical exercise into a much more profound mind-body experience!

So, let's explore why breath matters, and how you can weave it into your yoga, to get some GREAT benefits and elevate your practise!

Why Breath Matters in Yoga: The Inside Scoop

Simply, your breath is the bridge that connects your mind and body.

Not only does it supply oxygen to your muscles and organs, but it also helps you maintain focus, stay present, and find that inner zen we're all chasing.

In the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget to breathe deeply. Yoga gives us a chance to hit the pause button, take a deep inhale, and release all that stress with a satisfying exhale.

The Magic of Breath, and How to Incorporate It into Your Practice...

1) Conscious Inhales and Exhales:

Always start your practice with intention: take a few deep, good quality breaths.

Inhale slowly and fully through your nose, feeling your belly and lungs fill with air, and exhale with control to let go of any tightness in the body, and any tension in the mind. This simple but powerful act sets the tone for a much more mindful practice.

2) Match Breath with Movement:

As you flow through different poses, sync your breath with your movements (generally - we inhale as we reach, and we exhale when we fold).

This dance between breath and movement creates a harmonious rhythm that allows you to improve your mobility and flexibility.

3) Extend Your Exhales:

Did you know you can find instant calm, just by lengthening your exhale? – try it!

During challenging poses, if you focus on lengthening your exhale then you will signal your body’s relaxation response, instantly making those tough poses more manageable. And voila, you can go deeper and hold for longer!

4) Breathe into Tight Spots:

If you feel tension in a specific area of your body, simply direct your breath there, you will create space and ease tightness.

So, you imagine your breath flowing into that space, to gently release any knots or stiffness, and then imagine your exhale is sending that tension out of your body and melting it away. Essentially, it's like giving your muscles a soothing massage from the inside! It’s awesome, and it really does work! You can even try this just sitting still.

5) Be Patient and Kind:

Yoga is all about self-love.

If you catch your breath racing ahead or lagging behind, don't stress. Gently bring your attention back to your breath without judgement – you have shown up, you are here, and you are trying. So just gently allow your breath to return to a steady rhythm and give yourself a pat on the back for being so awesomely mindful!

Fun Fact...

Did you know that because slow and steady breathing activates the relaxation response in your body, it's the equivalent of hitting the ‘reset’ button on your nervous system?? And the best bit? It’s free and it’s right there! So, the next time you're connecting to your breath in yoga, remember that you're giving your body a VIP ticket to the zen zone!

So, remember yogis, you carry the magic of your breath within you always.

Whether you're a seasoned yogi or a curious beginner, remember that every inhale and exhale is an opportunity to connect with your body, your mind, and the world around you. So, take a moment each day to close your eyes, take a proper deep breath, and appreciate the beauty of this simple act. Your journey toward inner peace starts with one breath at a time.

There you have it, lovely souls – a dive into the world of breath and yoga, tailored just for you!

When you’re next on your mat, let your breath be your guide, your companion, and notice the magic of wellbeing...

A cheeky treat: use the code BREATH for 10% off any class – we love a bit of breathwork here at Vibes!


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