In our asana practice, often our attention is consumed with a myriad of alignment and grounding details. But as we get to know the poses, it creates more mind space to take our awareness to new places. We explored this last week, noticing where we can take the breath to in different asanas. We will continue this in classes this week.
Our asana practice has the potential to improve our respiratory function, but we need a level of awareness of our baseline, and the ability to feel how the breath and body respond when we consciously alter how we breathe during our asana practice. So take time in your practice to feel the breath, and to notice what small changes you can make to develop its capacity.
Ruth is a yoga therapist and yoga teacher based in Cheltenham, UK. She emphasises yoga as a tool for well-being, for individuals and in her classes, in person or via zoom.