MASTER THE 26 POSTURES
PRANAYAMA – STANDING DEEP BREATHING
• Intercostal muscles – ribcage
• Shoulder joints
• Ocular nerve
• Nervous System
• Circulatory System
• Increases lung capacity
• Increases lung efficiency
• Opens the shoulders
• Wakes up the body for class
What is happening in the posture
This energizing breathing exercise can fill your lungs with up to six times more oxygen than a regular breath. Since oxygen is a major source of energy for the body, it is not usual to feel dizzy in the standing deep breathing. Through compression of the throat, the velocity of air entering the lungs is increased to shoot air into the lower lobes of the lungs. While your arms lift to the ceiling the ribcage opens, maximizing the inhale. Because this breath is up to six times deeper than a regular breath, it increases lung capacity while giving you quick energy.
The exhale breath detoxifies the lungs deeply. When stagnant air is pushed from the bottom of the lungs it causes a release of cellular and metabolic waste from the respiratory system. As the eyes look back to see the back wall, the ocular nerve is stimulated. With the head tilted back, the upper spine opens helping to prepare the neck for backward bending. Overall, the body is energized and the circulatory and nervous systems are stimulated, invigorating the body for class.
• Suck your stomach in while lift up the ribcage. This creates more room for your lungs to expand.
• Use the vocal chord to restrict the airflow on the in breath so you can breathe in the whole six seconds.
• Keep the elbows high. Elbows never go below your chest after the first in breath.
• Squeeze the glutes, inner thighs, ankles together.
• Only move your arms and head, no backward bending, no hunch back.
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