The Complete Breath for Yoga-with-Weights Workouts

By Sherri Baptiste, Megan Scott

Part of Yoga with Weights For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The center of yoga-with-weights workouts is the Complete Breath — the basis of all other breathing techniques. The Complete Breath relieves tension and stress, helps your body find balance and energy, and improves the amount and quality of oxygen entering your body. The Complete Breath is a good breath to take after your yoga-with-weights workout (or anytime) to remain focused and in tune with your body. Go through the basic steps:

  1. While sitting, lying down, or standing, relax your shoulders and gaze straight ahead or close your eyes.

  2. Inhaling slowly through your nose to a count of four, feel your abdomen, your mid-body (the diaphragm area), and your upper chest gently expand until you fill your lungs to capacity.

  3. Exhaling slowly through your nose to a count of six, gently engage your abdomen and feel your body and your diaphragm gently coming back to center as you empty your lungs.