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Breathing and movement: how breathing supports our movement

During the day we breathe between 17, 000 and 20, 000 times, 365 days a year. That's between 6 and 7 million breaths a year - for a lifetime. Our life starts with a strong breath and ends with the last breath. Our breathing is probably the most faithful companion in our lives and the bridge between physical and mental processes - but how many breaths are you really aware of? I have to admit: they are the least.

Breathing is probably the most fundamental process in our body. It usually takes place unconsciously and completely automated. However, we have the ability to influence our breathing to make the most of the benefits of conscious breathing.

The parasympathetic system is activated; the sympathetic lowered

The body excretes carbon dioxide

Increased oxygenation for the muscles and the brain




Unfortunately, over time, we develop more and more postural patterns (movement restrictions of the thoracic spine, shortening in the abdominal frontal fascial chain) that restrict our breathing. Stress and tension also play their part in making our breathing flatter.

What exactly happens during inhalation and inhalation

Inhalation: The diaphragm becomes tense and lowers. The outer intercostal muscles are activated. This raises the chest up and gets far. The sternum lifts and the abdominal muscles bulge outward. This gives the lungs more room to stretch.

Exhale: The diaphragm relaxes and bulges up into the chest cavity. The outer intercostal muscles relax, thereby lowering the ribcage. The abdominal muscles pull back in and the lungs contract again.

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Extension of the movement amplitude

Through the above described physical effects of breathing we can through our breathing:

Determine the focus of the exercise - in which direction do I move?

Extend the range of motion - where do I breathe?



Extension, straighten up = inhale

Flexion, contracting = exhaling

Deepen stretching = exhale

Move length in one direction = inhale

Opening rotations = inhaling

Closing rotations = exhale

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Sun salutation as an example (see video)

The sun salutation is probably the best known sequence of exercises in yoga. Every movement is carried out in connection with the respiration, so there is a constant change between expansion (becoming large and wide) and contraction (becoming small, lowering).


Author: Katharina Brinkmann

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