Tutorial #330

Lolita on Breathing

5 min - Tutorial


Joe used to say "You must out the air to in the air." Lolita is very interested in maximizing our capacity to breathe. Practice increasing your capacity for breath in this short 5-minute class.
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What I am concerned with is that you maximize your capacity for breathing. That you don't breathe-- [GASPING BREATH] shallow. That you breathe deeply. That you really out the air so you can in the air, like he used to say, right? So I also believe that the first exercise people should do when they walk in the door should be breathing.

You have to forget about the car being parked, your child going to school, your boyfriend who had a fight, what are you having for dinner. That has to be left outside the door. And you have to walk into the room and be there and now. Right? So therefore, only one thing does this.

And that's breathing. Right? So when they walk in, you have them start breathing. Now, I'm going to start you counting to 8. And I'm going to take you up to 12.

You're going to inhale through your nose, exhale through parted lips. Which was the way I was taught. And it is very easy, very relaxed. And the most important thing about breath is that we live in such a stressful world. And it is the best way of releasing stress.

OK? And you are seated in whatever position you are comfortable. With a straight back. And let's find out if that back is really straight. That straight back should touch three points.

Your sacrum, your thorax and your head. Ribs are out, way out. Sacrum, thorax, head. Wait. Chin down.

Way back. Keep coming back. There. Let's get the little pony tail out of the way. That's a straight back.

Let's go back. Ribcage in the body. That's right. That was a total different awareness, right? Of what you thought was straight.

So be aware of that. You must do that pole check often because dancers always tend to pitch forward. And they feel they're straight. And often we stick out our ribcage and we think we're straight. Just relax your elbows and let your hands just dangle right off your knees.

Right. And feel that straight back. And now we're going to breathe. Empty out. Inhale.

And cleansing breath. Exhale. And let's start. Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Exhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. And inhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. And exhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Empty out. That is what I call an exercise on maximizing your capacity for breathing.

It is something that, if you work on it, will surprise you. You should easily, within a week of working on it, be able to go to 18. I can go to 30. And the more you can breathe, the better off you are. Remember, breathing is three dimensional.

You breathe as much by extending the rib cage, but the ribs are also in the back. So think of it as if you were looking at a skeleton. Three dimensionally around. The back is extending towards the water, while the sides are extending out.


did you say you inhale for 30??? beautiful!!! I love this...thank you for teaching me !!! I will practice !!!
Fantastic, I need to work on this. Love it.
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30 counts?! I could barely inhale for 8! I have a long way to go....great reminder and great instruction. Thank you!
Wow! Barely got to 10...must practice. Thank you!
I want to know it when someone gets to 30! Heck! I want to know it when someone gets to 18! I'm not even close, but I have gotten better! Thanks Lolita!
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I can go up to 20, only because I did hypnobirthing to have my daughter drug-free. It took a lot of practice, but it was so worth it!
Impressive Shannon... in at least TWO ways! Well done!
I can't wait to teach this and work on this myself! Lolita you are an inspiration! And, Shannon this will be a great exercise to teach especially to all of my prenatal clients! I can't wait to watch my students progress!!
Basic yet so helpful.
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What a treat ! Perfect for creating presence and awareness.
Thank you.
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