We give instructions for inhaling and exhaling in each exercise we present in this book. Breathing correctly is extremely important in a yoga-with-weights workout. In yoga with weights, you work from the breath into the movement during each exercise. Breathing is so important, in fact, that we select a specific breathing technique for each workout in this book. As part of designing your own workout, choose a breathing technique of your own. Chapter 4 explains the Complete Breath, the Ocean Breath, and other breathing techniques.

When choosing a breathing technique, consider what type of workout you've created for yourself and select the right breath to go with it. For example, if yours is a dynamic workout, choose the Ocean Breath because it will rev your engine. Go with the Complete Breath if your workout is more even-tempered. Try the Cleansing Breath to get your focus and breath control going.

You can tell whether you're working too hard or an exercise is too strenuous by listening to the sound of your breathing. If you can't maintain a steady rhythm as you breathe, or if you start holding your breath, ease back a bit. Work at an easier level until you develop your competence. Holding your breath and breathing unsteadily are signs that you're trying too hard or pushing too far. By focusing on your breathing, you always know when you need to rest and whether you're exercising correctly.

Health and Fitness 101

Health and Fitness 101

Self-improvement is a thing which you must practice throughout your life because once you started to believe that you are perfect then, things will start to become complex. You need to know that no one is perfect and no one can be perfect.

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