Inhale or Exhale?
In General: On the Inhalation, you want your lungs to be able to fully expand, drawing energy into your body. The inhalation will help to lengthen your spine, fully engaging your body in the pose and creating space. The Exhalation is the warming, relaxing phase of your breath. During the exhalation, your mind is quite and your body has the opportunity to release into the space that your inhalation creates.
Inhale – Body opens
Exhale – Body folds
Inhale – Back
Exhale – Forward
Inhale – Up
Exhale – Down
Inhale – Energy in
Exhale – Tension out, relax
Inhale – Lengthen spine
Exhale – Release further into pose
Inhale – Direct breath to point of resistance
Exhale – Feel warmth circulating there
Inhale – Belly and ribcage expand
Exhale – Belly and ribcage relax back together
Inhale – “I am”
Exhale – “relaxed”
You will find exceptions to this guideline in your practice. What is most important, is that you Breathe!
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