Basic Breath Training, Conscious Breathing, Breath Awareness, Breath-Centered Movement

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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.


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.


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.

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