80/20 Breathing? What’s that?

80/20 Breathing? What’s that?

You breath you live !

Bikram Yoga Chadds Ford

“You can learn to observe healthier breathing patterns while you are doing yoga postures;

then you can carry the refined habits over into your daily life.” -Anatomy of Hatha Yoga

For Half Moon and many of the back-bending postures, we use 80/20 breathing.

Inhale 100 percent and hold the breath just for a moment. As you move into the posture, begin 80/20 breathing, inhaling and exhaling only 20 percent of your lung capacity on each breath, keeping 80 percent in your lungs.

Generally, inhaling as much as you can–and then using 80/20 breathing– is an excellent chest exercise any time you do backbends (whether standing or belly-down). It works well in any posture in which it is natural to thrust the chest out.

The lungs are amazing. Sadly, they  are also often underappreciated and under-used.

When fully expanded, the lungs can hold 1.5 gallons of air.  In total, the lungs…

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