My article on yogic breathing was recently featured on elephant journal so I thought I'd share it with you with a little explanation of what inspired me to write it.
I was very fortunate to complete my Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Synergy Director Simon Borg-Olivier, and learnt so much from him about breath control and the importance of diaphragmatic breathing during yoga practice. In fact his teachings fundamentally altered my own self practice as well as the way I taught my students.
So when I came across this video of B.K.S Iyengar prior to his death in 2014 it reminded me of my teacher training and the key messages of my teacher in relation to breathing and the important distinctions between hypoventilation and hyperventilation. In this video it takes Iyengar almost two minutes to complete one full cycle of inhalation and exhalation (ie one complete breath), a feat that most of us can only ever aspire towards. However he does it so effortlessly which is precisely what yoga is all about - effortless love for and connection with your own self and with others.
This video of one of the world's most respected yoga teachers helps to share the message that breathing in yoga is not all about the rigorous 'inhales' and 'exhales' between each yoga asana, it is about controlled and calm breathing, harmonious breathing that is slow and uninterrupted during practice.
And the added fact that he is standing there in quite a flimsy ensemble of shorts (or boxer pants even?) supports the theory that you don't necessarily need the latest yoga gear or mats to perform your yoga postures either!
Hi there and thanks for dropping by! I'm Tehla Jane and I'm a self-confessed word nerd, bookworm and yoga devotee from Wollongong, Australia. I love to wonder and wander, and especially love spending time with my two little girls and hubby Glen. My blog is inspired by my daily musings in my trusty journal, where I scribble out endless pages in almost illegible handwriting and occasionally convert this into a typed format! Welcome!