“Breathing affects your respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems, and also has a general affect on your sleep, memory, ability to concentrate, and your energy levels.”
– Donna Farhi
Most of us take breathing for granted, and why not? For the most part our breathing is unconscious and automatic. We don’t have to think about it, it just happens. If we were to pay attention to our breath throughout the day we would see that all our physical, mental and emotional states are reflected in our breathing patterns. When we’re relaxed and at ease the breath is smooth and even, and when we’re upset or agitated the breath is rough and uneven. Learning to breath consciously is one of the great boons of a yoga practice and can help us to mitigate the negative effects of unconscious breathing patterns.
Please join me in exploring the various breathing techniques the yogis have given us to stay healthy and strong in the midst of the hurly-burly of everyday life.
Eric Love has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner and instructor of hatha yoga. He is especially indebted to the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya (see “Heart of Yoga” by Desikachar) for his understanding of pranayama and how it can support our hatha yoga practices.