And what better way to celebrate than with breath of joy!
This deep breathing exercise (pranayama) brings energy (and joy!) to your practice, as well as works on coordination, allowing the breath and movement to work together in one fluid motion. Amy Weintraub author of Yoga for Depression says: “(this) breathing exercise can sweep away cobwebs of lethargy and bring more energy into your life.”
- first inhalation (arms forward) encourages diaphragmatic breathing
- second inhalation (arms to the side) encourages thoracic breathing
- third inhalation (arms up) encourages clavicular breathing
- allows deep and complete exhalation at the end
- energizes the entire body
- strengthens arms and shoulders
- will make you smile 🙂
- Because the head is below the heart at some points, you may feel lightheaded. Take your time and relax in between
- If you have low blood pressure, practice slowly and go less deeply into the bend on the final exhalation
- Avoid if you suffer from untreated high blood pressure, migraines, or glaucoma
- Flex the knees to protect the low back
I’m going to leave this up to Amy, who demonstrates it so “joyfully”!
enJOY, much love.