During practice teaching for Yoga Teachers Training (YTT), with my husband as my ultra- beginner yoga student, I was trying to explain to him the importance and some techniques of breathing. However, he seems to be not so interested with it apparently so boring. While I was counting through the breaths and when trying to progressively prolong each breath, so funny that he complaint and he said he cannot control because his breathing is automatic! So, I was thinking what breathing example to give him to relate to, that sometimes we do or instinctively do in some situations in our day to day lives.
To be able to engage and let him focus when trying to prolong breathing, as an example, I let him imagine as if he just knocked his shin bone at the corner of a bed. And at that moment, how do we usually react to the sudden pain is an instinct that we have to take a very deep breathing. Prolonging the inhale and sometimes we would even hold it too, and then exhaling very slowly because we are trying to contain and ease the pain.
When you listen to your breathing, feeling the breathing, maintaining a focus on the breath, this creates space and gives you ease. But I was just wondering, as yogis’ practice so many different breathing techniques, does it imply yogis may have higher tolerance of pain?