Yoga Health Tip of The Month

Breathe to nourish your mind

Most people use only a fraction of their full breathing capacity.  A combination of stress, poor posture and long hours behind a desk can attribute to why many people tend to be "chest breathers."  Chest breathing creates an imbalance in the oxygen/carbon dioxide ratio.  For optimal health, breathing should be full and rhythmic using the diaphragm and ribs to fill and empty the lungs.  Deep abdominal breathing promotes a full exchange of air, keeping the oxygen/carbon dioxide ratio balanced.  Proper breathing soothes the nervous system, clears the mind, improves concentration, focuses attention, and increases the ability to deal with complex situations without suffering from stress.

- Maura Hintlian, RYT