We all breathe. Whether or not we pay attention to our breath, we can’t deny it’s a powerful tool that induces relaxation and well-being. The breath affects our peace of mind, our long-term health and how well we age.
There’s a lot of talk about the breath in yoga. In a regular class, we’re told when and when not to breathe, and we’re also given mysterious instructions to “breathe into” parts of the body. Despite all this talk about breathing, many of us don’t understand our own breathing patterns or the basic physiology of the breath.
IAYB and beloved sponsor Yoga U Online have teamed up to give away three copies of their upcoming course, Yoga, Breath & Health: An Introduction to Yogic Breathing with Doug Keller (taking place on two Wednesdays, March 5 and 12). This two-part online class explores the basics of healthy breathing and best practices for helping students develop more healthy breathing patterns.
You will learn the anatomy of healthy breathing, common patterns of unhealthy breathing, simple introductory breathing practices, and much more. Doug Keller is a renowned yoga therapist and the author of several books on yoga and pranayama. He has practiced and trained in the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Anusara systems of yoga, and offers workshops around the world. For a full introduction to Keller and his work on the breath, download (for free!) this interview.
To enter the giveaway ~ answer the following question in the comments section below: When do you pay attention to your breath? (It doesn’t need to be a specific time, but can be general or during certain activities.)
Leave your comment before 5pm, Friday, February 28. Three names will be chosen at random and contacted by email.
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