Inhale and Exhale with Jojo

Charles Jojo Tyler has three programs available on Trainnr.


The breath is the most important element in yoga. So it’s a good idea to follow the breathing guidelines your teacher has given you. Your yoga instructor would likely teach you a particular technique called Ujjayi, or victorious, breath throughout your practice. If you are studying yoga within any particular tradition the pranayama, the physical breath and the universal life force manifested in us, will always be discussed. Inhale and exhale. So this may seem like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised to notice how often you inadvertently hold your breath when you’re deeply challenged in a new posture. Here are some helpful hints for your yoga practice:

Breathe through your nose whenever possible, since the nasal passages warm, moisten, and purify the air on its way to the lungs. This will create heat in the body to help you burn more body fat.

Invite the breath to be steady, calm and form patterns to promote a sense of inner balance and relaxation.

Exhale your way always through the difficult postures to ease you from holding your breath.

Only use your normal breath patterns whenever you feel dizzy or alarmed. 

Always remember progress not perfection, it will take time to understand how to change from your normal breathing patterns to yoga breaths.

Feel free to try this exercise:

Set aside a few moments daily to consciously bring attention to your breath. Start resting on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor and head gently supported. Close your eyes and let your breath grow soft, steady, and rhythmic. Focus on extending your exhalation just a few seconds longer. Let your inhale be as normal as possible as you begin to close your mouth and inhale through your nose. Only exhale out through your nose. If you feel strained or you’re breathing out of control, go back to your normal breathing patterns. Try this at least two to three times a week for about 10 to 15 minutes and you will see a big difference in your yoga practice as well as your daily life. Inhale and exhale your way back to help.

By Charles Jojo Tyler

Charles Jojo Tyler has three programs available on Trainnr. 

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