Can you breathe into your armpits?  Well, can ya?

Sitting right where you are, without changing your body position, take a deep breath and notice the sides of your ribs as you breathe in and out. 

On the inhale-

  • Are you feeling expansion of the ribs to the sides?
  • What about up into your armpits?

We often get really stuck in the sides of our bodies. Which makes it hard to breathe into the side of the ribcage. 

One of the many gifts of Pilates is the focus on breath. A simple thought about your breath can change the way you feel. It’s cleansing. It’s relaxing. Refreshing.

Try this rainbow stretch in a doorway. Be sure to stretch both sides. When you’re finished, try breathing into those armpits again. 

Now that you tried it, what did you notice? Any changes with your breath after stretching your sides? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below. 

Thanks for stretching with me today.