COSTAL BREATHING FOR SPINAL HEALTH AND FLUIDITY IN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE
Breath is the primary focus of every yoga practice – delivering benefits to the physical body, mental body, emotional body, and energetic body.
At our upcoming 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Dubai, we will learn how to tap into the mechanics of our breathing during our yoga practice. On the physical level, we will consider how breath can encourage mobilization and freedom of the thoracic spine (ribcage region). We will visualize and feel how much connection to breathing through the rib cage you can actually do. We often place great attention to diaphragmatic (belly) breathing which has its importance however, we can also greatly benefit from learning and relearning proper, costal (ribcage) breathing technique and isolation [leaving enough breath, so the inhales can readily rise into the front, sides, and (very important) the back of the ribcage]. An important aspect to costal breathing is to be able to fully relax the neck as breath fills the ribs – if not, this is indicative of possible issues with breathing mechanics.
When we attain a solid grasp of costal breathing techniques, not only do we support thoracic spinal mobilization, but we also acquire a greater capacity for yogic breathing during more strenuous and engaging postures that require contraction of the core. It is not possible (and often not advised) to do diaphragmatic breathing in postures like Chaturanga, Warrior 2, and Tree pose. The desired bandha (lock) around the abdomen impedes the diaphragm in these types of poses. But we still need to breathe and ideally with a full, controlled rhythm as if we were merely sitting in Sukhasana (easy pose). Through regular training of our costal breathing, the integrity of our overall breathing mechanics can flourish and expand the benefits of our practice including retaining healthy thoracic mobility and in turn, a more fluid practice.
This technique and so much more will be covered at our upcoming Dubai 100hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training on February 24 – March 7, 2017 by Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher, Anatomy Expert and Kinesiologist from Montreal, Kreg Weiss
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