One of the common challenges I face during breathwork sessions is often one doesn’t warm up enough before practicing Breathwork. Almost always they struggle with breath-holding during the practice.
You might find that the muscles involved in your breathing movement can be stiff or tight. Often, these are the same muscles that become tight when we sit a lot or do lots of computer work. So, these stretches specifically target the muscles that directly and indirectly impact your breathing.
NOTE: There should never be a pain when doing any of these stretches or exercises. If you feel pain, please back off the intensity of the stretch
These stretches should make you relax and helps you to breathe without the discomfort of the body during the breathwork practice. If you are short on time then just do downward dog pose for few minutes that is enough. One of yoga’s most widely recognized poses, Downward-Facing Dog Pose, called Adho Mukha Svanasana in Sanskrit, works to strengthen the core and improve circulation. This rejuvenating pose works to provide a delicious, full-body stretch.
What is more important is that if you stretch a little bit then your body awareness is better before breathwork. While doing breathwork, it is not only important for you to be aware of the breathing but also equally important is awareness of the body and mind.