The 3-Part Breath and Ujjayi Breathing

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Instructor David Procyshyn
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Our breathing is a natural place to begin when learning how to activate and strengthen the core. Our breath affects how much tension we hold in our bodies, how calm or active our nervous system is and how we use the power that is within us. In this class, the first of a series of three on core stability, David teaches you two breathing techniques that you may use in all of your future classes. The second class in this series is Integrating the Breath and the Bandhas and the third class is Finding Stability In All Poses. You can also find all three together in our program Establish Your Core Stability and Strength and on our Yoga for Beginners page.

Equipment: None
Style: Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama Yoga/Pranayama Yoga, Yoga for Anxiety Stress, Yoga for Back Care


chest/abdomen shrinks with inhalation
beginner 2 months ago

When I inhale, things seem to shrink instead of expand. What am I doing wrong?

Re: chest/abdomen
David Procyshyn 1 month ago

I think that likely means that your belly is getting smaller while your ribs are expanding. Does that sound right? It's fine, but you can work on trying to expand the belly/lower back area as well through practice.

Good One to Do Often
Annette23 2 months ago

This is such a wonderful class to return to again and again. Sometimes I forget to breathe :-) David, I love how calm your voice makes me feel. Just lovely.

tazboi 6 months ago

I really want to enjoy and relax while doing this but the static is so loud it takes away from that. Can someone remove the static and re-up the video?

Re: Static
David Procyshyn 6 months ago

Hi there. Yes, there is a bit of white noise in this video. We unfortunately are unable to remove it. Sorry!

relaxing body
drtmfmyers 8 months ago

I have done breathing for years but still find it a struggle -filling with breath automatically makes me tighten muscles trying to expand the breath, and I can't relax them. Do you have any mental tricks to help?

Re: relaxing body
David Procyshyn 8 months ago

The best way to improve is to practice. Every time you breathe, do your best to relax the muscles around the rib cage and belly, while breathing. Each time you do it, you'll learn a little bit more.

diastatis recti
believe 8 months ago

can I close the gap with yoga?

Re: diastatis recti
David Procyshyn 8 months ago

I don't believe there's any evidence indicating that you can.

Thank you so much for this
Joannakd 12 months ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful site! You are the best teacher for me. Your calming voice and precision - I love it :) Namaste