"Why is it so important to breath well and why do you emphasise this during the class?''
Well, effective breathing through 'belly breathing' or diaphragmatic breathing assists in calming the nervous system, reducing stress levels, and can also aid in regulating blood pressure.
In day to day life we may be triggered by stress and effective breathing can give our nervous system a rest and reduce the knock on effects of these stresses in our muscles, hormones and other bodily systems.
Changes in breath can be the first indicator of emotional and physiological changes and that's why observation of the breath can help us in understanding ourselves.
Some of the pranayama (breathing) exercises we will learn are:
Alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodana) - balancing the sympathetic and para sympathetic nervous system
The Victorious Breath (Ujayi Breath) - to calm/focus the mind, even out the breath, increase oxygen intake and engage the diaphragm
Breath of Fire (Khapalabhati ) - to cleanse