Do This ONE Thing To Improve Your Pole Practice: Breathe
Breathing is so natural to us as humans that we likely don’t even notice we’re doing it—or not doing it. The second we are born, we start to breathe, letting out a wail to tell the world we have arrived.
Let me know if this sounds familiar—you’re about to try a new move that maybe scares you a little bit (starting a stress reaction) and you screw up your face, think really hard, go to do the move aaannnnnd, can’t complete the move. You flop down, defeated. What happened? Sure, you might not be strong enough yet or have the right technique or flexibility, but likely it is because you stopped breathing.
As a pole student, it is hard to understand how breathing works at first as you concentrate so hard on executing the new movement and generally “not dying.” As a pole teacher, watching hundreds of different people try out moves that are now familiar, especially that either can scare them or cause a large muscle contraction like inverting or executing a fan kick, it is very easy to see that most students start their pole journeys holding their breath.
Some movements are more beneficial to do while you inhale and others while you exhale. Typically during any big contraction movement you should exhale while any time you are extending, inhale. Until you find this rhythm with your own pole practice (which involves lots of contraction and extension of different parts all at the same time), do ANYTHING to keep your mouth open and your breath moving. Police yourself, your friends and even your teacher because sometimes we all forget to breathe. Try being intentional in your breath next time you’re in the studio and see how it immediately improves your pole practice (or try inverting while intentionally holding your breath—NOT fun).
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