My 18 year old daughter constantly complains about a sore back. The fact that she spends most of the day hunched over a mobile - sitting, lying or in the bath - is probably one major cause.
In an effort to show some sympathy, I took her through my set of sequences to strengthen her back and core muscles. And boy, did I hear her moan. She was barely raising her head a fraction from the floor.
So then I tried to check her breathing. Zilch. Whenever I said 'Breathe in' she duly pulled in her stomach. And when I said 'Breathe out' she puffed out her belly. I think the problem is the words 'in' and 'out' make her behave completely the opposite of what she should be doing.
I think it should be compulsory for all teenagers to re-learn how to breathe properly.
Caroline practises and teaches yoga in Glasgow Scotland and runs The Publishing Cupboard. She is the creator of the Nod off Series (where yoga meets grammar learning). If you want to get to grips with French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese grammar, in a pain-free yogic way, visit www.nodoff.co.uk
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