breathing

We Benefit the Most From The Simplest Things

We Benefit the Most From The Simplest Things

Last week's blog post about headstand seems to have ruffled a few feathers. That wasn't my intention, but if we all start thinking a bit more about why we do what we do, that can only be a good thing.

Because, you see, we get the most benefit from the simplest things in yoga.

Pause. Breathe. Repeat.

Pause. Breathe. Repeat.

We talk a lot about mindfulness and breathing round here, I am sure you've noticed. It's rather nice that these things are becoming ever more widely recognised as the useful tools they are. A couple of yoga classes a week is just a few hours out of your life, but you can breathe mindfully anytime.

In fact, it's one of the main 'circuit-breaker' techniques of mindfulness.

Belly Breathing Isn't Always Best

Belly Breathing Isn't Always Best

Breathe like a baby, people say. See how their little bellies move? Well, actually, their bellies are moving so much because they are working HARD for each breath. This is why belly breathing - and breathing like a baby when you are a grownup - aren't always best.

Meet Your Diaphragm

Meet Your Diaphragm

Wondering why there's a picture of a jellyfish for a post about our diaphragms? Well, it's because your diaphragm, tucked up inside the base of your ribcage, is shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet  or like a jellyfish. Its primary action is to lift and open your ribs, making space for breath to happen and it does that by moving much like a jellyfish does.