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Basic Breath Training, Conscious Breathing, Breath Awareness

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the purpose and techniques for guiding students in conscious breathing and expanding respiratory capacity.

Objective

Understand the difference between unconscious and conscious breathing and techniques for guiding students in conscious breathing that slows their breathing rate and expands respiratory capacity.

Description

Be clear that the most important instruction for students learning breathing fundamentals is to relax. Become aware of the average unconscious “normal” breath rate and the effect that awareness has on this rate. Describe the primary objective and benefit of breath training for new students and the breath training basics that will prepare students for pranayama. Describe a number of practices for teaching breath awareness and another gentle practice you might consider for breath training.

Questions Answered Here

  1. What is the most important instruction for students learning breathing fundamentals?
  2. How does awareness of the breath affect the resting breath rate?
  3. What is the primary objective and benefit of breath training for new students?
  4. What breath training basics will prepare students for pranayama?
  5. Describe a number of practices for teaching breath awareness.
  6. Aside from breath awareness practices, what other gentle practice might you consider for breath training?

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