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Windmill Breath

10 mins

This simple yet very effective breathing technique is perfect preparation for pranayama practices.

This breathing technique is the first in a series to explore the use of pranayama, or breath control, on the Online Studio. The Windmill breath is a very simple yet important preparation for pranayama. 
Now, the great thing about the windmill is that everyone can have a go! It doesn't take an advanced yoga practitioner and you don't have to be super bendy! It is also suitable for any age. So, before we start why not take off your shoes - especially if you are outside, and feel the grass under your feet!

The purpose of the windmill is to open your chest and expand it so that you breath more openly and deeply. I also strengthen the diaphragm, stretches the neck muscles and loosens up the shoulder blades.

stage 1  Listen and follow Nanna as she teaches you how to synchronise your breath with a gently twist. Establish this simple rhythm first before stage 2.

stage 2  Raise the right arm, then the left - a relaxed front crawl without the water! Note the simple pause between twists where you can simply hold of the breath momentarily. Keep working with the right side for a few breaths. conciously opening and expanding the right side of your lungs
stage 3 repeat with the left arm raising on the in breath.

There is so much more to learn and explore in the Windmill breath. In the next class on the windmill Nanna will introduce the concept of ratio breathing to further enhance the overall effect of this fantastic breathing technique.


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Members' comments:

5 Dec, 2023
Yoga with L's picture
Yoga with L
Thank you for a great explanation. For some reason, I always found this movement confusing, but breaking it down like this was helpful. Lian
31 Oct, 2022's picture
Thanks Nanna and team! Great video. I’ve searched for the follow up video Nanna mentions at the end using breathing ratios but can’t find it. Is this available yet? I’m interested in how to adapt this breathing practice to balance vata in my client. Thank you
21 Aug, 2022
Margaret Ford's picture
Margaret Ford
Just preparing my Lesson Plan for next class. The Windmill Breath will be perfect preparation for pranayama session. Thanks Nanna.
19 Nov, 2020
Yoga with L's picture
Yoga with L
Thank you, Nanna. For some reason, I always found this confusing but you explained it really well. I can now enjoy bringing this into my Dru Yoga classes. Lian ~ Yoga with L
1 Apr, 2020
Sandy's picture
Nanna - thank you for this video.It's easy to understand and always great to do sessions with you. It's particularly apt at this time as we are trying to control the Coronavirus. Looking forward to the next stage of the Windmill Breath. Much love
7 Feb, 2019
bethannash's picture
Beautifully simple and effective movement. This was a great reminder x
25 Jan, 2019
Marion1936's picture
Nanna LOVE I cann't wait for the WINDMILL BREATH variations!
3 Jul, 2018's picture
Love the way you teach this and build up the movements step by step, thank you Nanna for another beautiful class X
24 Apr, 2018
Jean Nelson's picture
Jean Nelson
A great session Nanna, thank you. I think this is lovely breathing technique.


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