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Old 01-21-2011, 07:05 PM   #12
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Re: Breathing Practices

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Eric DesMarais wrote: View Post
I hadn't heard of this either. What is the purpose?
I really don't recall what the purpose was. I use it as an excercise in being able to isolate and control muscle groups that most people just don't think about.

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Mike Sigman wrote: View Post
My question would be "what does any given breathing practice have to do with substantively (not subjectively) improving your Aikido?".

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Mike Sigman
Myself personally. And this applies to more than just aikido. I have asthma. When I start having difficulty breathing I start concentrating on breathing. This is one of the exercises I might do. It helps me get my breathing back under control. I have not used any meds for my asthma since I started concentrating on breathing. (I am not advocating that anyone stop using their meds at all) It also helps me to calm down and relax when I start getting anxious, tense and reactive which sometimes does happen during aikdo practice.
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