22 April 2008

Breath Easy- Techniques

As an aid to introspection, concentrate on the rythms of your breathing: its rate; the relative duration of inhalation to exhalation ; its force; the location of its strongest flow in the nostrils; the pauses between breaths. In your heart's feelings. By watching it, your mind also will become calm.

Proper breathing ensures that enough oxygen is flowing to the muscles you are using, and helps prevent unnecessary tension. A relaxed and full breath pattern encourages focus and concentration.

The STOTT PILATES breath pattern involves an expansion of the rib cage out to the sides and back without allowing the shoulders to lift. It is also important to breathe into the lower part of your lungs, because there is more efficient gas exchange.

The breath pattern used in STOTT PILATES will help engage your deep abdominal muscles and stabilize your torso.

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