Pranayama – Breathing exercises
We have talked about Pranayama earlier. In that article, we showed you the advantages of pranayama in general. Now you are going to learn more about breathing exercises. Let us discuss in detail different pranayama techniques that you can also adopt for living a healthier lifestyle. Pranayama exercises are very beneficial for our health. We are going to discuss different poses of pranayama. You can choose any one of them that suits you well. Let’s start with the pranayama poses and some of its detail;
Ujjayi is one of the widest pranayama techniques that are very easy to understand and implement on a daily basis. In Ujjayi breathing, you have to do breathing with hissing sounds. This exercise heats your body, soothes your nervous system and calms your mind.
This exercise can be taken as a preparation for full deep breathing. It expands the lungs and also corrects the breathing pattern. This kind of breathing is separated into three parts: lower or abdominal breathing, middle chest breathing, upper chest breathing. When you are done, go to the next exercise.
Deergha Shvasam is also one of the basic breathing exercises. If you understand Vibhagiya pranayama, now do the same, but in one single breathing. With it, your blood is going to be more of oxygen. Thanks to that you are going to be more vital.
Need to set the inner fire? This pranayama exercise is slightly different to preview exercises. Brisk and fast exhalation combining with pulling the belly in. This breathing exercise is helpful if you want to prevent or heal lots types of illnesses. You will be surprised with the results.
Bhastrika is also the Sanskrit word, and the literal meaning of this word is bellows breath. Bellows breath is the simplest and different pose among all other breathing exercises. In this position, you will find the both inhalation, and exhalation timing is short and very quick to do. There is no movement of the abdomen, and you have to do this exercise briskly. You will benefit from this exercise if you want to be more energized.
Alternate nostril breathing is also lying under the category of pranayama poses. If you find the name of this exercise in Sanskrit, then you have to remember the word naadi shuddhi. Naadi shuddhi is another name of this exercise in the Sanskrit language. Now come to the point that how we can do this exercise? You have to inhale and exhale slowly (soundless) through alternate nostrils.
This pranayama is quite strange and maybe funny. Bhramari is in Sanskrit the sound of Humming bee. Which means you are breathing with this sound. The serious part is – you are calming yourself not just by breathing, but also with the sound. This breathing exercise can be used as a prelude to meditation. Or as a filling between nostril breathing and meditation.
Cooling breath exercise is also called Sheetali in the Sanskrit language. The way of doing this exercise is like you have to make a tube with the help of your tongue. After this start inhaling with tongue tube and exhale with the nose. As the name suggests, you can cool yourself with this breathing. Very useful on hot summer days.
Very similar but not the same as Sheetali. Also cools you down.
Udgita is another pranayama pose where you have to pay attention to your breath and exhale OM chanting sound repeatedly.
With this exercise, you train your concentration, expand your lungs, and calm down your mind and body.
In this exercise, you have to maintain balance in such a way that they rotate equally. When you are doing Sama-Vritti, you have to remember four elements include inhalation, retention after inhalation, exhalation, and retention after exhalation. Make sure timing must be identical when you are doing this exercise.