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How you breathe affects your brain, sleep, digestion, posture, energy levels, nervous system, ability to focus, muscle tension and more.
There are many details to breathing and entire courses dedicated to different techniques and methods.
This program will focus on awareness of your breathing mechanism and stretching/strengthening the muscles that help you to have the most efficient breath.
Be patient with yourself as you practice the videos in this module. I recommend doing the breathing exercises when you can have several minutes of uninterrupted time to focus.
Your breathing awareness will eventually overlap into your other workouts in the Posture and the Balance modules.
Joe Pilates famously taught that “Above all things, learn to breathe correctly,” and the Pilates method has many exercises that work the muscles of breathing.
👉🏻Just having an awareness of what happens when we breathe, how the diaphragm works and how to control the breath and keep it moving will be helpful in all of your activities.
Breathing Awareness: What happens when you breathe?
You breathe all day long and probably rarely think about it. In this video I explain how the diaphragm moves when we breathe and why that matters for movement. At about 5:13 we do a diaphragm awareness exercise.
Pilates for Breathing
Breathing is one of the pillars of the Pilates Method. Joe Pilates believed that learning to breathe correctly was super important for being healthy. Modern research shows the same thing. I chose the most breath-friendly Pilates exercises in the sequence in order to clearly teach how to keep the breath moving and when to use the abdomen to keep the spine safe while still breathing.
Stretches for Breathing
The stretches in this sequence help to open up and mobilize the muscles around the thoracic cage and diaphragm to help you to be more aware of your breath and take deeper breaths.
Global ELDOA, spinal torsion and relaxation breathing
Global ELDOA is a very relaxing, balancing movement for the body. It is an ELDOA, the only one that is moving. I added it here as a wind-down, relaxing treat for the body before the twisting stretches and TV eldoa with some deep long breaths. This would be a great way to decompress your body and mind before going to bed.