When we combine movement with deep breathing, we feel a sensation that Joseph Pilates called an "internal shower". Maybe you've noticed it in exercises like the Hundred. The whole body warms up and feels energized. This is one of the many reasons we feel so great after class.
Deep breathing is linked to decreased stress, improved circulation, and can even help engage our muscles. With benefits like these, it's a skill worth improving, isn't it?
Pilates can help us learn to fully inflate our lungs and expand our rib cage in all three directions: up and down, side to side and front to back.
Here are a few cues and exercises to get you started:
To see even more exercises and cues to improve breathing, check out the Programming & Sequencing chapter of the Pilates Encyclopedia. You'll even get videos and detailed instructions of each exercise!
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