The Right Tone

THE RIGHT TONE: A weekly guide to being fit

Have you noticed that we hardly ever take full, complete breaths during the course of our busy, hectic days? Breathing is a very important part of yoga, which is why yoga is often used by professional or weekend athletes to help them recover from their workouts.

In the same way we stretch and lengthen our muscles -- such as the hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes or shoulders -- we should also practice lengthening our lungs with yoga, says Brandt Quick, sports performance coach at Franco's Athletic Club in Mandeville. "This new length created in the lungs," he says, "will help an athlete build better cardio respiratory endurance due to a greater ability to fit more oxygen into the lungs."

Quick also points out that as we inhale deeply and completely, we allow oxygen to nourish and help regenerate every tissue and organ in the body. As we exhale, we detoxify our body, releasing toxins that build up during our workouts. 

Pyramid Pose rejuvenates the body, calms the mind
Friday, April 06, 2007
By Shea Garrison