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 Down Dog back to Down Dog 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 practice 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. After taking an online class with Sadie Nardini, her slightly different perspective on using the breath reminded me that I always need reminding to breath.
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 and 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: