Yoga breathing techniques are called as â€˜Pranayama.’ Pranayama is one of the five principles of yoga. It gives countless benefits to both your body and mind. Yoga consists of many yoga breathing techniques. Here are some basic techniques of yoga breathing.
Yoga Breathing Techniques
Abdominal Breath –This technique is also called as Diaphramatic Breathâ€ or Natural Breath.â€ It allows one to breathe deeply into the lungs, using the diaphragm. Begins to reset our patterns from shallow chest breathing to deep, healthy, belly breathing.
Dirgha Pranayama – This technique is also called as Yogic Breathâ€ or Three-part breathâ€ or Complete Breath.â€ It purges the body of carbon dioxide, oxygenates the blood, and promotes relaxation. It completely fills our lungs with oxygen. It expands and stretches the lungs gently by increasing lung capacity. It brings a higher level of oxygen into the blood stream.
Ujjayi Pranayama – This technique is also called as Ocean Soundingâ€ or Victorious Breath.â€ The sound created by this breath has been described as a soft hissing soundâ€ or a gentle snore.â€ It increases body heat, the sound calms and focuses the mind, allowing you to relax more deeply.
Nadi Shodhana – This technique is also called as Sweet Breathâ€ or Channel Purification Breathâ€ or Alternate Nostril Breath.â€ It’s often used to alleviate anxiety, headaches, and/or fatigue. It brings balance to the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
Kapalabhati – This technique is also called as Skull Polishing Breath.â€ It increases circulation, energizes the body, brings a high level of oxygen into the blood stream.
Breath of Fire – This technique is also called as Bellows Breathing.â€ It strengthens chest and diaphragm, loosens spine, stretches lungs, and controls the breath at a different level.
Analoma Veloma – This is an Advanced Breathing Technique for experienced meditators and yogis who already have an established breathing practice. It brings one to a deep, contemplative state of mind, and to master over the physical breath.
Basic guidelines for yoga breathing techniques:
- Blow your nose clearing your nostrils before beginning.
- Practice in room-temperature. Extremely cold or hot air can affect your health adversely.
- Practice in fresh air that is free of smoke, chemicals, or other harmful elements.
- Breathe through the nostrils only, unless otherwise specified.
- If your breath begins to be choppy or uneven, stop breathing and allow your breath to return to its own natural rhythm.
- If you get perspiration during the practice, do not wipe it with a towel. Rub it with your hand.
- Do not expose the body to the chill draughts of air when you perspire.
- If you begin to feel faint, dizzy, flushed, or light-headed, stop what you are doing, and allow your breath to return to its natural rhythm. This is a result of the increased oxygen levels in the body, which your body may not be accustomed to. You can increase your pranayama practice and use of oxygen gradually.
- Do not take bath immediately after pranayama is over. Bath after half an hour.
- Be careful if you have any heart condition, asthma, bronchitis, high or low blood pressure, or any physical condition that requires you to be under medical supervision.