The 1 Minute Breath: Even Breathing with a Hold

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This is one way I like to end (or begin) class.  And it’s one I use all the time.  While I picked it up in Kundalini classes, there are a few great sources on breathing that I can share:

For more on breathing techniques and benefits,

Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

by Eric Schiffman – Wonderful chapter on breathing.

Back Care Basics By Mary Pullig Schaz, MD

Abdominal breathing is explained very well in this book, with good ways to visualize deep breaths.

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews, & Sharon Ellis

There’s a chapter that gives you a detailed description on how to breathe deeply and what each part of the body involved is doing during the process. Very cool.

For a nice explanation of breathing as well as fight or flight:

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/06/131734718/just-breathe-body-has-a-built-in-stress-reliever

For a description of Kundalini Yoga’s one Minute Breath:

http://www.spiritvoyage.com/posture/One-Minute-Breath/POS-000046.aspx

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