In Hatha Yoga, breathing is just as important as the postures, which we describe in Part II. How you breathe when you're moving into, holding, or moving out of any given posture can greatly increase the efficiency and the benefits of your practice. Think of the breath as mileage plus. The more you use breathing consciously, the more mileage you gain for your health and longevity. Here are some basic guidelines:
✓ Let the breath surround the movement. The breath leads the movement by a couple of moments; that is, you initiate breathing (both inhalation and exhalation), and then you make the movement. When you inhale, the body opens or expands, and when you exhale, the body folds or contracts.
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