Learn just about how to breathe there is a muscle that muscle called the diaphragm lies beneath the lungs it’s responsible for everyday breathing and when the diaphragm the muscle beneath the lung contracts it draws the thoracic cavity in the base of the lungs down when the muscle relaxes in turn it’s drawn back up by the elasticity of the lungs and so the diaphragm contracts the lungs fill the diaphragm relaxes the lungs empty I can begin to feel that movement and particularly in breath training.

I’d like to do that in a reclining position lying on the floor either on your back or on your stomach so that you can feel these deep movements of the diaphragm within your own body after a certain period of training you’ll become used to the idea that when the diaphragm contracts and the lungs fill the abdomen expands as well depending on your posture and this is where breathing breath training becomes a little bit more sophisticated depending on your posture you may also feel the expansion of your ribcage along the sides and even in the back so in the process of training your body to breathe.

You are simply learning to recognize the signs of good breathing and a good yoga teacher will help you recognize those signs without making for nervousness or discomfort but rather simply the feeling of the flow of the breath again and again in an unbroken relaxed stream one more step of course breath training takes time and over that time you’ll have the opportunity to view your breath again and again but one further step is helpful and that further step is the idea that at the end of the inhalation the exhalation begins at the end of the exhalation the inhalation begins there’s a relaxed smooth connection from breath to breath you’ll begin to sense that you are really not a breather what you began thinking about was true all along your body breathes and as that breath flows on and in its smoothly is woven from breath to breath in the process you’ll discover that your mind relaxes.

So breath training is a process that leads from simple awareness of the breath to a relaxed sense of mechanics of breathing to a most remarkable thing your mind relaxing and being the observer of your own relaxed nervous system at that point you’re then ready for pranayama most of us have some idea of what that pranayama consists of breathing practices like nadi shodhana m Wu ji breathing Sita Li si Tecate Brahm ray these are all styles of breathing perhaps the two most commonly practiced are bistecca and nadi shodhana m– alternate nostril breathing each of those has their own place to play in meditation practice in relaxation practices in the cleansing practices that rejuvenate us and give us the sense that our lungs are clean and healthy.

The most important practices that lead us to a relaxed inner concentration so breath training pranayama these complement one another one leads to the next so finally we go beyond the breath and discover that our journey was always about finding our self you.

 

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