Becoming more familiar with your breathing patterns BOXING DAY GROUP CLASS, 10 to 11.15am December’s class brings your focus to all three dimensions of movement to familiarise yourself with the natural patterns of your breathing. Lessons one and two of this theme traced the forwards into flexion and backwards into extension movements in your spine and trunk. In lesson one you created more space in your abdomen for your diaphragm to move down into by releasing your abdominal muscles. In lesson two you learned how to increase your capacity and fill more air space in your lungs by softening the muscles connecting your upper and lower ribs.This month’s class reminds you that softening the muscles of your abdomen and chest opens new space for air to be drawn into your lungs thereby making the movement patterns of your breathing easier and more comfortable. The third lesson in this theme teaches you that by yielding your waist muscles, not only does your breathing go deeper but you take in maximum oxygen effortlessly with every quiet and rested breath. My verbal guidance adds in the side-to-side and rotational dimensions of movement into your breathing patterns exploration to feel less heavy and more energised within yourself.