Thursday, November 18, 2010
Calming & Grounding Breath
Breath is the essense of life. Here's a good calming breathing practice that may be of benefit for a runner as well as for a pratitioner of yoga.
Breath control is so important to the running process. During the run itself, runners are typically trained to use a 3:2 breathing technique for efficient oxygenation while running. In other words, the inhale lasts for three steps and the exhale lasts for two steps. Developing an efficient breathing rhythm helps develop efficient running technique. Relaxation is also important for a runner. A runner that approaches a race in a relaxed state will run more efficiently and use less energy.
Breath is an integral part of the practice of yoga. Every movement is coordinated with an inhalation or exhalation. Pranayama, or breath control, is a separate practice that is effective for clearing and focusing the mind and setting up a calm relaxed state for meditation.
"When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still."
~Hatha Yoga Pradipika