I suck at breathing…

I suck at breathing…

I suck at breathing, I really do. I, of all people SUCK at breathing. For instance, when I’m in a flow style class, that moving-on-the-breath thing the instructors ask us to do, just doesn’t come naturally. For me it’s one long inhale from DD back to DD or a quickly inserted inhale, just in case the instructor is  watching my rib cage. We all have our areas to work on, but of all the people who practices yoga, how is it, after all these years, that I truly suck at breathing…

Why am I so annoyed at myself for not breathing? Mainly, I was reminded of my preaching, not practicing habit, that I have a habit of doing. After sharing with my BFF who was crying from chest pains, some of my shouldas or couldas, although said with the best intention, I could hear through the coughed up guts, this information was falling on choked lungs and closed ears.

STFU... I'm choking here...

Enough about her, back to me and my ah ha moment. After taking an online classes with Sadie Nardini, her slightly different perspective & intention to using the breath, reminded me that I always need reminding to breath.

Thus lesson X/Z , when friend’s head is about to blow up from unreleased air and tension, sharing what a difference a lifted collar bone, can do for lifting the lungs, the penny dropped, that this obviously was not the best time to have her try some yoga or breathing exercises. My practice of going with the flow, was to, quickly change gears, and say… when you’re feeling well enough to work on the strengthening the chest area, the simple body tools of yoga is something to consider…

Why am I beating myself up, cos neither of the above justify the declaration, I suck at breathing… What I suck at, is practicing the powerful application of using this simple body tool, called  The Breath.

My Iyengar practice, provides the actual architecture to create the straightest, broadest, lifted chest, to create the biggest and freeist box, for the lungs to function in. However from Sadie Nardini’s insider-body tips & many other great sources for the Power of Breath, I discovered an added layer of benefits and possibilities from what powerful breath work can provide…

So Simple... So Breathe...

  • the ignition of the metabolic system
  • an actual physical exercise for the whole trunk of the body
  • a fast track exit for unwanted toxins
  • the access to power & freedom through relaxation
  • Achieve IMPROVED health and well-being
  • Tap into GREATER HAPPINESS and enhanced moods
  • IMPROVE FOCUS and mental clarity
  • Enjoy SLEEPING BETTER every night
  • Manage (and, in some cases, even ERADICATE) PAIN
  • ROCKET body oxygen levels and circulation
  • Boost your CREATIVITY and ENERGY
  • IMPROVE your memory capacity
  • Increase the chances of living a LONGER and HEALTHIER LIFE

For me,  yoga provides a system of Simple Body Tools to enhance and upgrade the human experience and as a product designer and serial upgrader, I am hard-wired to share that stuff…

Lesson Z/Z: If I take one or two extra deep belly breaths either in class or either to calm me down before I would typically rip someone to shreds, then my practice and self development is working… Maybe tomorrow my mat practice will lead me to take 3 or 5 deeper breaths & who knows how many imminent catastrophes, I will be intercepting with one sharper, longer and deeper intake…

If there are any benefits to the breathe that I’ve missed, feel free to let me know…

WHG, an expert in all things, shoes + heels + fitting yoga into a busy lifestyle…


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