Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions. One
of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing Exercise
which promotes proper breathing. Proper Breathing, in a Yogic
point of view, is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the
brain, and to control prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama
- the science of breath control, consists a series of exercises
intended to meet these needs and to keep the body in vibrant
Pranayama also goes hand in hand with the Asanas. The union
of these two Yogic Principles is considered as the highest form
of purification and self-discipline, covering both mind and
body. Breathing exercises helps you achieve a calm and alert
mind. Some Breathing Exercises also helps in removing excess
mucus in the body thus help you manage Respiratory Ailments
like Asthma and Bronchitis.
This section gives an overview of the Breathing Techniques for
the Beginner. Yoga Breathing or Pranayama revitalizes the body,
steadies the emotions and creates great clarity of mind. Before
practicing the exercises, you should be sure that you understand
how to breathe correctly and how to make full use of the diaphragm.
In order to facilitate the flow of Prana and ensure that there
is space for expanding the lungs, Yoga Breathing exercises are
performed sitting down with the spine, neck and head in a straight
line - either in the Easy Pose, the Lotus Pose or if neither
is comfortable, sitting on a chair.
Breath is the source of life. This is the basic reason why ancient
Yogis developed different Breathing Techniques, from Beginner
or Basic to Advanced Breathing Techniques. These Breathing Techniques
or Pranayamas are designed to allow the free flow of energy
in the body and to purify the body's energy channels called
nadis. The practice of Pranayama also ensures that every cell
in the body receives oxygen and nutrients.
The following are Advanced Pranayamas which should be practiced
after a few months of performing Anuloma Viloma or Kapalabhati
without discomfort or without effort. These Advanced Breathing
Techniques are powerful tools for controlling the flow of Prana
and raising the latent Kundalini energy. You can only proceed
to these techniques after you have purified yourself physically
and spiritually by practicing Asanas, Beginner's Pranayamas,
Meditation and Vegetarian Diet daily for several months.