Breath is the foundation of life. It's the first thing we do when we're born, and the last thing we do when we die. It's essential for our physical, mental and emotional well-being. As we go about our day, we often take our breath for granted, not realizing the power that lies within it. But there are many ways to breathe, and each one has a specific purpose.
If you're an opera singer, there's a right way to breathe. If you're doing Pilates, yoga or Qi-gong, there's a particular way of breathing that's built into how the exercise is constructed. Joseph Pilates himself had breathing problems - he had asthma and thematic fever in his childhood - and he adapted a breathing technique called Lateral Breathing from yoga, which involves breathing through the back and side of your rib cages. This technique is also recommended by Alexander technique teachers.
The intention behind your breathing is also important. For example, if you want to relax and go to sleep, you can breathe through your nose and out through your nose to prepare yourself for sleep. If your intention is to relax your body and prepare for exercise, you can use Pilates breathing, which is known as conscious breathing. This involves breathing through your nose and out through your mouth while keeping abdominal engagement, allowing the sides and back of your rib cage to expand like an accordion while inhaling and exhaling. You allow your ribs and the side of your ribs to come closer like having a tight corset around your diaphragm. Focusing on your breathing can bring you physical and psychological benefits.
Here are some lateral breathing practices in Pilates
Here are some reasons why lateral breathing is important in the Pilates method
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