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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tip of the Week: 80/20 Breathing

If you find yourself crash landing with a big "AAHHH!" exhale through the mouth after flying like an airplane in Full Locust Pose, or have to come out of the backbend or Camel Pose early  because you feel like you're about to suffocate, it is very likely that you are holding your breath and  not breathing properly. If you can learn the simple breathing technique called "80/20 breathing", you will find much more energy, strength, and comfort in the posture. 

80/20 Breathing

1. Inhale 100 percent and hold the breath just for a moment.
2. Move into the posture while exhaling out only 20% of the air through your nose with your mouth closed. 
3. Inhale only 20% of your lung capacity by taking in a little sip of air through your nose. Continue with this 20% exhalation and inhalation as you hold the pose, keeping the lungs 80% full.
4. Exhale completely through the nose once you finish the posture. 

The 80/20 breath is used for balance and energy while doing all of the standing and back-bending postures.


1 comment:

  1. Wow, it's amazing that we can all learn more about something that we do everyday. I personally have never been into yoga, but I do find reading articles like this fascinating. I've looked at some of the other posts you've published and it seems like practicing yoga can have so many health benefits. I just might give it a try.

    Ran Gastfreund | allhourlocksmith


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