How to Do Rib Cage Breathing | Pilates Workout


Next in our warm up series we have rib cage
breathing. So there’s a lot of question about how do
I breathe in Pilates. In Pilates we work on breathing laterally
through the rib cage. Meaning like, the ribs going side to side
almost like billows puffing up and pulling back down. This is different than Yoga breathing which
is fully a belly breath going out and in. So Pilates even though the belly will move
when you breathe and that’s a good thing, you want to think of the movement happening
more through the rib cage because most of the exercises you’ll be focused on scooping
your abdominals in and up. So getting started here with rib cage breathing,
bring your hands to the sides of your rib cage here Madeline. That’s it and just soften your ribs toward
the mat. Now as you inhale consciously press into the
heels of your hands to open the rib cage so you’ll feel a big expansion here. And then as you exhale just naturally let
the ribs close. They’ll do it on their own and then at the
very end of that exhale scoop your abdominals in and up. And again. Take a deep inhale widen through your ribs. Let your chest life, feel your belly lift. You’re completely filling up with air here
then exhale. Feel the ribs hug together. Scoop your abdominals and then think of length
through your spine and just continue this way. Breathe in deeply and then exhale threading
the fingers and ribs together then hold it here in your scoop. So in Pilates you hear a lot about this word
scoop and what does scoop mean. Okay, remember our neutral pelvis from before. You have to keep your bones in that position,
but have the feeling that you’re literally scooping like an ice cream scooper from your
pubic bone up to your belly button. So that’s what we mean by scoop. We also kind of talk about it’s like putting
on really too tight pants. That feeling jumping into that. You want to keep that through the abdominals
as you work. One last time Madeline. Inhale, breathe through the hands and then
exhale. Scoop your abdominals and then think of length
through your head all the way through the tail bone. Then reach your arms long by your sides. And there you have rib cage breathing.