How are you breathing today?
Breath bring us in touch with ourselves immediately. Awareness of how we breathe is the first step to meditativeness. Yogic breathing is focussed on the Diaphragm, the muscle responsible for breathing.
It is a thin, dome-shaped muscle that separates the abdominal cavity from the thoracic cavity. During inhalation, the diaphragm contracts, so that its centre moves downward and when the diaphragm relaxes, elastic recoil of the thoracic wall causes the thoracic cavity to contract, forcing air out of the lungs.
In this video below, see how the riders from Tour de France use diaphragmatic breathing.
EXERCISE: Take a moment to put your one hand on the abdomen and take a few deep inhales and exhales. Feel the abdomen move out (like a filled balloon on the inhale)
YOGIC BREATHING - SPORT & DAILY LIFE
The whole philosophy of pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) is based on improving the efficiency of our body system - such as respiratory & cardio-vascular and influencing our Nervous system to keep things relaxed and calm.
The base of each Yogic breathing technique is "Diaphragmatic breathing"
In endurance sports like long distance running, biking, squash etc athletes can take that additional advantage of the knowledge of their breathing by practicing it regularly under the guidance of a yoga teacher or a breath specialist who can guide them through the various exercises and its benefits.
Once Yogic breathing becomes a part of your daily life - it can be practiced anytime of the day and at any place. Slowly, it becomes a part of our daily lives and we can enjoy better living quality and better all round sports performance as an athlete.
Join our Pranayama workshops for learning more about it.
Film credits: 30BananasaDay