THE "YES" BREATH by The Hendricks Institute


  • 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.


  • 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.”


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.  

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