Lately I’ve blown my wish to breathe more for health and fitness right out of the window completely. This has happened because I’ve been going to “SPIN” classes( a fancy word for stationary bicycle workouts to music with an instructor who talks about “hills” “pushes” “intervals” and “sprints’, and yoga classes where people’s breathing is either non-existent or very masterfully quiet. My spin class instructor, a 50-something rangy antelope in her form fitting cycle clothing, who pedals twice as fast as the rest of us most of the class no matter what beat the music is playing or what she’s urging us to do, talks about “not being breathy” almost every class. Apparently the idea is to sweat and be close to breathiness without actually panting, heaving, and breathing hard.
In the yoga classes I go to, most of the teachers exhort us to use our breathe constantly, in particular the “ujiac” or victory breath which involves constricting the back of the throat to hear the breath and breathing long and deep but only through the nose. But when it really comes right down to it, they don’t want too much breathing noise going on in the class. I can understand this, having been an instructor, but it also burns my ass because I need to hear my breathing to do it fully and properly the way I was originally taught. When I’m doing yoga , focused full breathing helps me do it way better and opens me up.
I’ve stopped focusing breathwise, because I know my muscles are moving and the adrenaline is flowing. And I just don’t believe most people in the class are breathing properly. It’s too freaking quiet for that. I’ve been rebuked multiple times for breathing too loudly, and it’s too much of a hassle.
And that is so ironic after hearing over and over again how breathing flushes emotional charges stuck in the body out and creates all kinds of healing an calming of the inner winds or chi.