Open your mind, heart, nostrils and lungs, here comes more oxygen!
Let's Breathe Better.
Below are your resources for the Breathe Better Challenge. Learn the hows and whys of Better Breathing during the tuturials. The tutorials unpack alignment cues used during practice. Then practice to create the circumstances for Better Breathing in your body. Each practice has its own focus and flavor.
Tutorial 1: Functional Breathing and Your Respiratory Diaphragm
How do you know if you're breathing functionally? The answer is the expansion of your ribs.
Practice 1: Seated Shoulder Openers
This practice is done seated (can be on a yoga block, meditation cushion, or chair.) The movements will unravel your upper back, open your chest, and release your respiratory diaphragm.
Tutorial 2: Diaphragm Demo and Intra Abdominal Pressure
Watch a demonstration of how the diaphragm influences your lungs. The "vacuum" creates intra abdominal pressure for a strong core, stable spine, better balance and proprioception.
Practice 2: Move to Breath
This practice is done standing. The rhythm of movement will entrain your rhythm of breathing. You’ll need space to swing and circle your arms plus stretch out your legs.
Tutorial 3: Breathing and Your Nervous System
Your breath is your ally for nervous system calibration. Learn how to energize and uplift as well as create cool, calm, content.
Practice 3: Breath to BE
This practice is done lying down. You relax and release with gravity. There are a few seated postures and meditation at the end. Meditation can be done on a cushion, in a chair or laying down.