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Yoga Tune Up® | Did You Know… Improper Breathing Can Cause Stress?

Did You Know … the wrong kind of breathing can actually cause your students more stress in your class?

Quick, short, chest breaths in and out through the mouth, which typically accompany long holds, arm balances etc., stimulate the sympathetic nervous system.  This means that while your students are huffing and puffing their way through Utkatasana, their bodies are being flooded with fight or flight chemistry like epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol. These chemicals, while useful if you’re being chased by a moody Rhino, are notorious for contributing to insomnia, fatigue and eroding the body’s immune system.

The purpose of a challenging Yoga class is for your students to be able to go to those uncomfortable places while staying calm, focused and BREATHING.  Above all, that’s the muscle we’re trying to get our students to activate!  The rule of thumb is this:  If you can’t take slow breathes through your nose, you’re in it too deep. Always encourage your students to exhale longer than they inhale as a general guideline for remaining calm in the face of Bakasana. Keeping our students down-regulated is one of many ways we keep our student’s bodies and minds finely tuned and healthy. Yoga Tune Up® specializes in the mechanics of breathing and how we impact our student’s nervous systems through Yoga. Check out our upcoming Immersions and Level 1 Teacher Trainings in the Summer and Fall of 2011!

Yoga Tune Up® Classes in New York City

Yoga Tune Up® w/Matt Giordano | Thurs. 2-3:15pm PURE West

Yoga Tune Up® Flow w/Kyoko Jasper | Wed. 6-7:30pm , Reflections Yoga

Yoga Tune Up® w/Kyoko Jasper | Sat. 10-11:30pm,  OM Factory

To find a YTU Class near you, go here

Upcoming Workshops & Trainings

Yoga Tune Up® Shoulder Shape Up w/Jill Miller | June 4th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Help for Tight Hips w/Amanda Tripp | June 11th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Intetrated Embodied Anatomy Training w/Maura Barclay | June 10th – June 12th, Los Angeles, CA

YTU Therapy Ball Practitioner Training w/Jill Miller | Los Angeles, CA, June 26th

Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 Teacher Trainings w/Jill Miller | Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 9th – 16th

For more info on Yoga Tune Up® visit www.yogatuneup.com

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Maura Barclay began her fitness career as a junior Olympic gymnast, where she later went on to earn two natural body building titles and soon after became a professional fire fighter. Maura now lives in Seattle, WA and is one of the lead Yoga Tune Up® Integrated Anatomy Trainers for the PURE/Equinox 200 hour Teacher Trainings. www.yogatuneup.com

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