We e k l y N e w s
What does “yoga” mean to you? Does it mean acertain type of commitment? Does it mean exercising in a class with otherpeople? Does it mean doing impossible things with your body? Well, these areall part of the truth of what yoga is. Yoga does involve commitment anddiscipline, and it involves people learning together through movement of thebody. But it is the relaxation within the discipline, the space between eachpersonal connection and the rest between each movement that makes it allmeaningful. This is the natural rhythm of breathing. The Earth breathes, ourbodies breathe and we all breathe together. Breathing is the cornerstone ofyoga practice and it is the element that has the greatest power to change yourlife.
Over the decades that Dahn Yoga has been in existence, many people have beenhealed just from breathing. Some people could barely move their bodies whenthey started, but regained strength and vitality through breathing exercises.Others with relatively healthy bodies gained emotional breakthroughs bybreathing. That’s why breathing is a part of everything we do. Whether you aretaking our basic yoga classes, trying out our tai chi or joining in advancedmeditation, you will experience the benefits of our breathing practice.
Our Jung Choong Breathing series of exercises takes you through differentpositions to deepen relaxation and expand breathing capacity. The finalposition #5 is similar to Savasana in Hatha Yoga, but differs in the placementof hands and legs and maintaining focus on the lower abdomen. Try this breathing exercise asa powerful end of a sequence or on its own. See for yourself the difference abreath can make.
"The deep breathing that's central to Dahn Yoga expands the diaphragm and the lungs' air pockets, which helps invoke the relaxation response. That's one reason this practice can reduce stress and mental tension and may even help you deal with anxiety and depression."
~ Jessica Matthews, American Council on Exercise.
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