This Short Blog Can Save Your Life. No Joke. ~Shy Sayar

Via on Dec 28, 2010

In their article “Breathing Patterns Found in Heart Attack Patients” (International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Volume 2, Number 1 / 1991) Alan Hymes, MD and Phil Nuernberger, PhD share their observation that of 153 heart attack patients surveyed, 100% (that is ALL 153 patients) were chest breathers, in whom no diaphragm expansion (let alone belly expansion) could be observed. Sure, it’s a small sample size with no control group, but 100% of 153 patients chosen randomly is still staggering.

SO, if you want a healthy heart unto old age, learn how to release your abdominal muscles and expand your belly down and forward as you enhale, and draw it gently in and up as you exhale. Better yet, work on expanding your entire belly-waist-lower back axis like a tire in all directions as you breath in, and contract it towards the center as you breath out. Yoga breathing can create a healthy habit that might save or significantly lengthen your life. No Joke.

Happy inflating!

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About Shy Sayar

Yoga Therapist Shy Sayar teaches classical Hatha yoga, underwritten by yoga's ancient scripture as well as by contemporary science. Shy believes in teaching people, not poses - as the practices of yoga are infinitely adaptable to fit the stages of a practitioner's development, and there is no need to push the body into arbitrary shapes. In his teaching, Shy tries to refrain from overstating esoterics, but his methods of training the body aim to recall classical yoga's stated end of freeing the practitioner from the illusion of identification with anything that was born and will die - the experience of immortality and unity with all of being. As such, he emphasizes the ease of the breath, the serenity of the musculature at work, and the peace of the mind over the postures of the body. At his Yoga One studios in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, CA, Shy teaches classes, trains yoga teachers and sees Yoga Therapy patients. He also teaches literature courses at the University of California at Berkeley, including coursework on the classical literature of India. He holds a degree in music and will at times chant for students in savasana. Shy is revered and admired by two wonderful (albeit unreasonable) cats. He loves practicing yoga on his living room carpet while his cats jump on his back to provide added resistance. He also delights in writing bios in the third person. Lastly, he prides himself on being nobody's guru.


4 Responses to “This Short Blog Can Save Your Life. No Joke. ~Shy Sayar”

  1. Maria says:

    "belly-waste-lower back"
    Don't take offense but I think you mean "waist", otherwise it's a little funny.

  2. Joe Mohr meanjoegreen says:

    Interesting post.

  3. <3 it! Thank you for sharing!

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