Need a good, multifaceted regimen for staying relaxed and blowing off steam? You might try a gym membership or a jogging routine, but these can be costly, either financially or physically. So why not try yoga breathing for stress?
After all, this mind-body system melts away tension through the simple use of stretching, respiration and guided meditation. What could be simpler?
Nothing – that's what former long-distance runner Ingrid Yang told the Chicago Tribune. She described how her adoption of yoga breathing techniques was a life-altering moment.
"Coming from my background, a Type A, looking ahead, pushing ahead, wanting to achieve things, I charge into the future, have to succeed," Yang told the newspaper. "That often puts you in a position where you're never satisfied or happy as you are. Yoga for me is very appealing because it's very healing emotionally."
She explained that yoga breathing has helped her purify herself, essentially obliterating the parts of her spirit that were obsessed with success. What remains is a sense of self that is unified and at peace, Yang added.
That sort of mindset is one of the aims of Dahn Yoga teachings. These ancient instructions for living well focus on healing the rift between mind and body.