To start, I want to welcome everyone back. Hopefully Winter Break was rejuvenating enough to last until the oh-so-coveted Spring Break. I’d also like to welcome any new readers to my blog! As the name implies, the focus of my blog is Yoga; however, I try to vary the types of posts. For the majority of them, I will focus on postures (asana), being that this, in my opinion, is the most interesting aspect of the practice. I also have and plan to further discuss breathing techniques and Yoga’s history. If you are new, and interested, I highly suggest taking a look back at my posts of 2016.
With the semester now in full-swing, I decided to focus on breathing in my first blog. As discussed in “Breathing, it’s harder than you think,” breathing plays a critical role in the full body relaxation that can be experienced in yoga and can help you relax during stressful moments during your day. Here I am going to focus on the importance of inhaling and exhaling time.
To start, you can be kneeling, seated or lying down on your yoga mat in a position that feels most comfortable to you. Personally, I sit crisscross-applesauce. Then count the number of seconds you take to inhale and then the number you take to exhale. Ideally, you want to try to get these numbers as close as possible before moving on. Equalizing your breath in itself can help clear your mind. Following that, there are a few options as to what you can do. For example, begin lengthening out the amount of time you inhale versus exhale, pausing for a few moments before exhaling. By doing this, your body should begin feeling a sense of release. You may also choose to do the opposite and lengthen your exhale. This will slow your heartbeat, thus help to relax your body. Each of these practices may be done for a number of breaths until you come to the desired sense of serenity. So, next time you’re overwhelmed with classes, just take a few moments to breathe.