Breathing and moving about efficiently is so important with respect to posture. Breathing deeply is essential to good posture and good posture allows us to breathe deeply and fully. Deep breathing is the art of relaxation and provides an efficient air exchange, quiets tension, improves oxygenation of the blood and strengthens abdominal muscles.
Developing and using core strength rather than holding our position with superficial musculature is the center of training for Pilates. Using the deep core muscles of the powerhouse – the abdominals, back and pelvic floor to support our posture allows the shoulders to relax, the neck and head to move freely and relieves stress on the hips, legs and feet which ultimately improves our respiratory flow.
Poor alignment leads to poor posture, shallow breathing and chronic pain. Your breathing apparatus, the lungs and diaphragm muscle need space to expand fully and function properly. The focus of Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi is breathing deeply and natural posture with anatomically correct spine alignment.