THE "YES" BREATH by The Hendricks Institute
YES BREATH INSTRUCTIONS:
Sit down in a comfortable chair, towards the front, so that just your pelvis rests on the chair and your feet are flat on the floor.
Rest your hands on your thighs or your waist.
Begin by inhaling and letting your stomach expand with your breath.
As your stomach expands slightly, let your pelvis roll forward and your spine extend while you bring your head up.
As you exhale, let your head drop down and your pelvis drop back. You'll find that your body makes a natural "C" shape.
Repeat the in-breath and the out-breath, allowing your breath to lead the movement.
THINGS TO NOTICE:
When I breathe in, I relax my belly-muscles and let my spine flex so that my chin and head tilt up, at the same time rolling forward on my sit-bones.
When I breathe out, I roll backward on my sit-bones and tilt my chin/head down. (I’m exaggerating the movements for training purposes. You don’t need to make them quite so large.)
Our students call it the “Yes Breath” because it looks and feels like a whole-body “Yes.”
HERE’S WHY IT FEELS SO GOOD:
When you breathe naturally, your body is designed to flex in a certain way that allows your whole body to participate. Most of us lose this natural kind of breathing through years of uncomfortable desks and chairs, too-tight clothing, physical and psychological trauma. When our breathing is under stress, we tense the belly-muscles and stiffen our spines.
Yes Breathing is a direct antidote to stressed breathing. If you take a few minutes a day for a week or so to learn how to do re-acquaint yourself with natural whole-body breathing, your body and mind will thank you every day of your life.
From the Hendricks Institute, for more information, please visit: http://www.hendricks.com/breathingcoach/