And Breathe! How often do you hold your breath when you are concentrating? How often do you take only shallow breath if you are feeling tense and stressed? Well, I can tell you…it’s probably more often than you think.
In your Pilates session, taking full breaths in and out is all part of the exercises. In the beginning, it can feel difficult to focus on your breathing, as the breath happens automatically and it is not something we tend to pay much attention to. The most important thing is that you don’t hold your breath, as your body needs oxygen for the muscles to work optimally and when we hold our breath, the body starts to tense up.
By inhaling and exhaling fully, you are also keeping the tissues and joints around your ribcage flexible as well as keeping your nervous system calm. (and we all need a bit of that, don’t we?)
Take a full breath in through your nose and feel your ribage expand. Then slowly exhale fully through your mouth as if you are blowing through a straw, and relax your shoulders at the same time.
I bet you feel a little bit calmer already? Your welcome!