In a typical yoga class in Dubai, we are instructed to consciously breathe, connect with it, breathe deeply, retain it, etc. What impact does breathing have on us, and our yoga practice?
In many yogic texts, yoga is said to restrain fluctuations of the mind. Yoga practitioners learn to still their minds and stretch their bodies through a blend of perseverance and non-attachment. This allows for internal transformation and connection to be experienced.
The role of breath is very important in the practice of Asanas or Yoga positions or yoga postures.
In this article, we’ll talk about different ways the breath influences our yoga practice; how the breath and mind are closely connected and how this awareness of the breath gives us a tool to work with the mind.
The breath is Prana or vital force
Our body requirements of oxygen or pranic energy are changing depending on our actions. If we exercise then more oxygen is required so breathing becomes faster and with force but if we are relaxing then this need for vital energy is lower and the breathing becomes relaxed and deep. Also, mental activities affect breathing.
For physical and mental functions, breath is very important. In Yoga practice, we integrate focus on the breath during slow movements as well as while maintaining asanas or yoga positions.
Connecting with your breath is a method for being present
When you concentrate on each aspect of the breathing process, you are present; you let go of the past and future and are focused on the moment inside the breath. This is why breathing consciously is its own meditation. But this is just the beginning of why conscious breathing is important.
By changing the breathing pattern, you can produce different states of mind. Slowing down the breath has an impact on your emotional state. The cerebral cortex is activated through consciously slowing down the release of breath.
Then the cerebral cortex sends inhibitory impulses to the respiratory center in the midbrain. These inhibitory impulses from the cortex overflow into the area of the hypothalamus, which is concerned with emotions, and relax this area. This is why slowing down the breath has a soothing effect on your emotional state.
Deep breathing can also allow us to experience our true essence. The flow that the steady in and out action of breathing creates, stimulates a transformation in the body and mind. This purifies and cleanses them so that our true essence shines forth. Circulation is increased, hormonal balance is cultivated, the organs are regenerated, and the nervous system is pacified.
Anyone can choose to only do the poses, which can offer a good physical workout. However, yoga classes in Dubai is intended to be far more. Breathing deeply allows us to access our transformative power. It opens us to yoga’s ability to rejuvenate and refine our minds and bodies. Finally, deep breathing helps us find our way to unity.