I copy this text from The Perfect Way to Breath in Ashtānga Yoga, published by @livesonima in their web. Thank You, for always have interesting reading!!! 📚✨💞 --- ✨🌟🙏🏾🌟✨ "Pattabhi Jois repeatedly used the phrase “free breathing with sound” when referring to how we should breathe in āsana practice. By this, he meant that we should not restrict the breathing channel in the throat, but instead let the breath flow easily in and out of the lungs. The soft sound that is sometimes heard comes from deep within the chest rather than from a restriction in the throat.
In practice, you should aim to keep the inhales and exhales the same length and of even intensity throughout each cycle of breath. Jois also regularly stated that the āsana (posture) is only correct once the breathing is correct. In other words, until the practitioner can breathe freely and without restriction in a particular āsana, he or she has not yet mastered that āsana. The quality of the breath and the quality of the mind reflect each other. When breathing is smooth, deep and balanced, the mind tends to be calm and steady.
The Benefits of Breathing Correctly
Perfection of the breathing technique results in a more efficient uptake of oxygen and the removal of carbon dioxide. The practice of even, smooth breathing also has a profound effect on the nervous system, helping to balance out highs and lows and bringing more stability physically, mentally and emotionally throughout the day. This results in greater clarity and calmness of mind, which is extremely important for success in yoga.
Since breath is intimately connected to physical, mental and emotional states, it is possible to use breathing techniques to regulate the system. For example, the breath becomes irregular during emotional upheaval, excitement or stress. Amazingly, you can significantly improve stress levels and emotional disturbance by consciously controlling your breathing during these times. Simply taking a few deep, even breaths can shift your mood significantly". ---
📸 by @ifilmyoga in Miami during Sharath tour 2016 @sharathjoisr ---
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