In This Chapter
^ Understanding breathing basics ^ Detailing yogic breathing mechanics ^ Linking breath and postural movement ^ Adding sound to postural practice ^ Introducing traditional methods of breath control rhe masters of Yoga discovered the usefulness of the breath thousands of years ago and in Hatha Yoga have perfected a system for the conscious control of breathing; in this chapter, we share their secrets with you. In the ancient Sanskrit language, the word for breath is the same as the word for life — prana (pronounced prah-nah) — which gives you a good clue about how important Yoga thinks breathing is for your well-being. Yoga without prana is like putting an empty pot on the stove and hoping for a delicious meal. In this chapter, we show you how to use conscious breathing in conjunction with the Yoga postures, and we also introduce several breathing exercises that you do seated either on a chair or in one of the Yoga sitting postures (if you're up to that).
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