Posture of the Week: Pranayama
Because of sedentary habits, most people use only ten percent of their lungs, never allowing the lungs too reach their maximum expansion capacity. As a result, they are susceptible to bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, shortness of breath, and dozens of other breathing problems. Standing Deep Breathing teaches you to use the other ninety percent of your lungs. This exercise should be done before any kind of physical activity because it expands the lungs to their full capacity, it increases circulation to the whole body, waking everything up and preparing the muscles for action.
- Concentrate more on breathing through the throat than on what your arms and head are doing.
- Be gentle when you push your head back, especially if you have any neck or shoulder pain. As you practice more, your neck will get more flexible but don’t rush the process.
- As a beginner you may not be able to breathe in for 6 seconds. Don’t be discouraged. It takes time to learn how to control your breathing but with consistent practice not only will you be able to breathe in for 6 seconds, you will soon be able to breathe in even longer and you will notice a tremendous affect on your ability to focus and concentrate.