Advanced Yoga

Master Class: What Does “Breathe Down Into Your Feet” Really Mean?

Want to learn the fundamentals of pranayama so you can design a profound daily practice that will enrich your life? In Rodney Yee’s online Master Class workshop, you’ll discover that pranayama is so much more than breath control. He’ll teach you six practices and techniques along with their benefits, so you can let go and optimize absorption of prana (life force)—bringing you more peace and a better understanding of who you are. Plus, when you register, you automatically access 8 additional online workshops from master teachers. Sign up today!

At some point in your yoga practice, likely when you’re grounding in poses like Pigeon or Tadasana, your teacher has probably instructed you to “draw your breath to the hips” or “breathe down into your feet.” (As a teacher, you might have even uttered this cue in your own class.) So, what, exactly, is your teacher asking you to do? Here, Rodney Yee, iconic yoga teacher and Yoga Journal Master Class mentor, explains what it means and why it’s key to feeling your best in a pose.