What about Yoga Breathing?
Breath is the cornerstone of all beginner yoga positions. Yoga breathing
is a simple and natural process. Most people aren't aware of their breath or how they breathe. Learning to breath properly is the most important process in getting the most potential out of your lungs, your general health and mental health. The body runs more effiently on a good supply of oxygen.
Yoga postures require deep, slow and long breath. Most yoga breathing is done in and out through the nose. Yogic breathing allows you to utilize your entire lung capacity. Breathing slowly and deeply allows you to relax.
Yogic breathing is called "Pranayama" which means "life force" or "vital energy."
Yoga Breathing Benefits
- The benefits of using yoga breathing, helps you to control your breath, increase your oxygen intake and corrects breathing patterns. The more relaxed you are, the easier the yoga positions become to practice.
- It is helpful to breath to calm down when stressed or angry.
- With practice, yoga breathing exercises become easier and part of a lifestyle adjustment.
Two methods to breath properly:
- Stimulate your immune system. Build up you lung capacity by counting when you breath. 1,2,3,4, in with your nose . . . 1,2 hold . . . 1,2,3,4 out with your nose slowly. Breath in, fill your lungs, feeling your stomach rise as you inhale then feel your stomach fall as you exhale. Practice your breathing in a quiet spot if you can. Focus on quieting the mind while watching your breath. Practice for 3 minutes 2X daily. 1,2,3,4, in with your nose . . . 1,2 hold . . . 1,2,3,4 out with your nose slowly. You will naturally increase the duration of the breath over a period of time, until you can breathe in for 12, hold for 6 and out for 12. By doing this type of breathing, it'll increase the oxygen to the brain, heart, lungs plus give you more energy to get through the day.
- Sanskrit name: Nadi Shodhana Pranayama English name: Alternate nostril breathing Alternate nostril breathing exercise is a yoga posture that you should practice daily to balance the breath. For this beginner yoga position, sit in a comfortable cross legged position. Place your index and middle finger on the centre of your forehead. Use your thumb and ring finger to block your nostrils alternately as you breathe. Relax the body and close the eyes, keeping the spine straight. The other hand is relaxed on your lap, with thumb and index finger touching, palms up. Block one nostril and breathe in through it. Close that nostril and open the other one. Exhale through the open nostril. Repeat this process 4-6 times through each nostril. Ensure that the in and out breath are the same length.