- Updated on November 7, 2019
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
What is the essence of yoga?
Most people believe that yoga is mainly about yoga poses. Well, you may spend years practicing yoga asanas and thousands of hours doing other yoga related activities that may include breathing exercises, but if your body-O2 content (which can be easily measured) remains unchanged, then you will suffer from the same health problems as before.
Essence of yoga is in correct (or ideal) automatic breathing day and night for maximum oxygenation of the body cells. The real journey to better health, while using yoga, is about making changes in your automatic breathing patterns.
Modern yoga vs. ancient yoga
Modern yoga teachers do not know how to breathe. Ask them about the ideal automatic breathing pattern that ensures maximum possible O2 content in body cells. Most likely, they would tell you about deep diaphragmatic breathing, but healthy people never have DEEP breathing. They take a very small amount of air per one breath with only 10-12 breaths per minute at rest.
Yoga teachers believe that breathing more air (or chronic hyperventilation) is good for our health. They say this is because such deep breathing provides us with more oxygen in cells. (In reality, it is the other way around.)
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