Hi, this is Amy and I'm here to kind of break down a little bit of discussion about [inaudible] breathing and just kind of inform a little bit about the style of breath that we choose to use with the [inaudible] technique that might be a little bit different than what you're used to when fitness in your fitness routine. But before I do that, I want to pull out is we worked with General six principles, general principles. One is breathing the number one, uh, control, concentration, centering fluid movement or flow and precision. And in all of the these exercises, whether they're on the mat or the equipment, we do try to implement all of those principles if not all of them, most of them in every exercise. But the very basis is the breath. And Joseph potties was incredibly interested in breathing and he had asthma as a child among other things. So breathing was huge for him. And there's a famous quote that I've read many times above all else, learn how to breathe correctly. And I really truly believe in that.
And so if you don't get anything out of this, maybe you'll take a little takeaway of the difference with [inaudible] breathing and normal breathing. So why we do this? It's purification, oxygenation, circulation. We want a lot of blood flow. We want to clean our blood, get lots of body heat. And a lot of the ways to do that is through the breathing. Uh, it doesn't have to be loud, it doesn't have to be vigorous. But sometimes in our classes you'll hear us breathing loud. So that kind of gets us motivated and energized, uh, and also sets a rhythm.
But what I've got here is a bag of rice. It's just a little demonstration for us. And I'm going to have, I'm going to start this way. So I'm going to put my hands right on the side of my rib cage up high by the side of my lungs basically. And I'm going to push him into my body a little bit, put it, push in. Now pull out his breathing is really intended to expand and contract through the whole of the torso. Not just focusing on the abdominals, but the oblique muscles, which are abdominals, but the intercostals, which are the ribs, which go all the way around our upper trunk.
So if I have my hands here and try to expand into my hands, there is a stretching that takes place and then the exhale is the contraction. So [inaudible] is the expansion and the contraction in all directions really. But primarily I'm thinking right now sideways
I'm going to set it on my tummy just as a visual aid really. And if I do a different kind of reading, might look like this and you can see that I'm, I'm puffing, I call it puffing my belly. And the reason why we want to do that is it might even cause a little arch in the back or rock the spine and destabilized. So one, another layer of the breathing or principle of the breathing is to condition the deep abdominal muscles which control the spine and stabilize through the lower trunk, big principal employees as well as the stabilization. So if I avoid the belly poofing when I breathe, I actually have to find and feel and connect into internal muscles inside my abdominal region. And now can I try to breathe in and out without puffing this
I have to really think about not rising through that cavity there. So you might even put your hands back up on the side of the ribs and try to breathe sideways.
I'm just going to raise my sigh up and you actually can even relax my foot a little bit and try to hold that leg up until I'm, we'll do three breath cycles in and out without puffing.
So it's a great way to get at your abs just by learning how to breathe.
I am feeling the center of my body and I am feeling my body warming up, meaning my blood is pumping, I feel the heat really. I don't feel my blood pumping so much as I feel hot. I'm feeling like I'm getting heated up and no better way to start a warm up of any exercise regime then to warm yourself up and get your body warm and your blood warm. And so this is the classical exercise known as the 100 there are 100 beats. There's a five inhale.