Deep breathing is a vital part of all exercises and Pilates are no exception. One must also make a conscious effort of not only inhaling fully but also exhaling completely to get rid of every bit of stale air present in the lungs. While doing Pilates, the major muscles we focus on which also participates in breathing are diaphragm and oblique muscles. If one is not doing deep breathing then the likelihood of their lungs turning into a house of dying, diseased dead germs increases. The bacteria will also multiply in such an environment.
Inhaling deeply allows us to take in ample amounts of oxygen which is required in almost every chemical reaction in our body. It will also help you in burning calories and getting energy. When we exhale, we breathe out carbon dioxide which is a waste product. Deep breathing helps in getting rid of carbon dioxide while also stimulating the heart. It increases the blood circulation and the body cells get nourished by oxygen and nutrients.
Breathing in Pilates must be done with intention and attention. It will prove to be extremely beneficial for your mental well being. It helps in relieving stress, calming the mind and making the person happy. It will also aid in bringing about a natural rhythm to the movement while working out thereby increasing the effectiveness of the exercise.
It is rightly said, “ Deep breathing is your easiest and most available cleansing mechanism”. Deep breathing is very important in Pilates so much so that breathing patterns are taught along with equipment exercise. Breathing helps in leading the movement and giving it power. We exhale during the most intense part of the exercise. It also helps in lengthening and decompressing the spine.
There are 2 types of breathing involved in Pilates exercise:
- Diaphragmatic breathing: Generally, diaphragmatic breathing exercises are considered the best. It is a deep belly breathing which involves bringing the breath all the way into the body. It allows the belly to inflate on an inhale and deflate on an exhale.
- Lateral breathing: In Pilates, our main attention is on training the abdominal muscles in a way that it makes it impossible to let the belly raise up with inhalation of air. It helps us in expanding the rib cage and back.
Deep breathing during Pilates exercise is truly an enriching experience. It allows you to expel any bad air present in the lungs and inhale good amounts of oxygen to nourish the body cells. It is an essential cleansing mechanism that is installed in our bodies. It will help you achieve the best results from an exercise. Conscious deep breathing will not only improve your physical health but also enhance your mental health.