How to move forward with asana practice? What to do with breathing during this or this specific yoga posture? How to measure one’s general progress in his or her yoga asana practice? How to practice in order to get maximum health benefits from yoga asanas?
Yogic postures (asanas) and breathing exercises when done properly will provide great improvements for one another. In this video, Dr. Artour Rakhimov and Volker Schmitz discuss this topic in detail. Volker Schmitz is a yoga teacher for many years. They will discuss how asanas help with unconscious breathing patterns and vice versa. There is a mutual effect between them. For example, there is a study about people doing headstands for about 30 or 40 minutes. After this exercise, the people’s breathing rate per minute was extremely reduced and their heart rate dropped as well. This is Volker’s experience as well. Headstands possibly balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
Each yoga posture tends to balance these nervous systems. And each posture will have different effects on different people. The headstands can have a big advantage for someone and for other people other postures will be more beneficial. If you have postures where you twist a lot this will help with digestion specifically. It will lead to more blood flow, more oxygen and hormonal supply to this area.
Postures help a lot with breathing. The structure of the body and the function of the nervous system is very important when it comes to breathing. This is especially true when it deals with the diaphragm. Dr. Buteyko said that yogi’s intuitively found postures that helped with slowing down their unconscious breathing patterns. Many years ago yogi’s had a much larger body-oxygen level. In today’s society, many yoga teachers mention to breathe lots of air and that CO2 is a toxic gas. Medical science and hundreds of studies mention that over-breathing reduces oxygen levels.
If someone had a much higher CP level, regeneration of their body would be accelerated. They would learn the postures much faster due to improved concentration and they would be able to control their muscles and their body improves as well. They will lose weight. Even if they have a normal, but not ideal weight they will still lose it. They will sleep less and be able to practice more often. This gives more energy. The students will have more oxygen during practice and they can hold postures much longer. Many postures can be practiced with only 1 breath when having a higher CP level. Some people will even incorporate breath holding into their practice. This will be very useful. It is a combining of asana and pranayama or breathing control. When your breath control is longer, it is much easier to incorporate breathing control into your asana practice.
Can people practice reduced breathing in their asana practice? They may in yoga and there are many different breath patterns that are practised. There is a breathing practice of a using a very long breath. For example, 2 breaths per minute are taken during asana practice. It is difficult, but it saves valuable time by combining asana and breathing exercise.
Here are more details about health benefits of yoga asanas : https://www.normalbreathing.com/yoga-asanas-benefits.php .
The YouTube URL of this video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXhOVbf04A4 /.
The video features Volker Schmitz (yoga teacher and Buteyko breathing teacher from Hamburg, Germany) and Dr. Artour Rakhimov (Buteyko practitioner trainer from Toronto, Canada).
The video description was created with participation of Chris Prokop (Mississauga, Canada).