- by Simarouba Yoga and Naturopathy Clinic
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- Feb 09 2017
Oxygen is the most vital nutrient in our body. It is important for the integrity of the brain, nerves, glands and internal organs. The science of breathing is called prayanama. It is best to do pranayama while sitting on the floor on a folded blanket. Bad and poorly performed posture will lead to shallow breathing and low endurance. One must empty the bladder and bowels before starting pranayama yoga.
Yoga must be performed empty stomach and it is best to perform it in the early morning before sunrise when the pollution it at the lowest level. If someone is not able to perform it in the morning then do it after sunset when the air is cool and pleasant. The place must be clean and calm.
Types of Pranayama
- Sit down in a comfortable place assuming a cross-legged position.
- With your right-hand thumb close right side of the nose. Inhale deeply using the left nostril.
- Now close the left nostril and exhale using the right one.
- In the same way, now with the left nostril still closed, inhale using the right nostril and exhale with the left one.
- Do this exercise for around 10-15 times.
- Sit in a comfortable position, cross legs and take five to six deep breaths to make yourself prepared.
- Now open your mouth in “o” shape and start to inhale through the mouth. When you exhale, do so with your nose.
- This can be repeated five 5 to 10 times.
- Ujjayi refers to “Ocean” and this pranayama is about mimicking the oceanic or the sound of the waves.
- Sit in a comfortable position crossing your legs. Now start to inhale and exhale deeply using your mouth.
- Constrict your throat as if something is choking it when you exhale and inhale the air. This will produce a sound similar to the ocean when you breathe.
- Now close your mouth and start to breathe using your nose, but maintain the same tone to your throat so you still continue to make the same sound as your breathe.
- Do this exercise for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Sit in a comfortable position crossing your legs and perform two to three deep inhales and exhales.
- Now inhale deeply and exhale forcefully drawing all the air out. Your belly should be drawn in, as you exhale.
- When you inhale, don’t make any effort to inhale as the belly goes back to normal position
- Exhale forcefully again and do this for about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Lie down on your back and close your eyes. Breathe normally and then slowly take deep breathe, relaxing your body.
- Inhale lot of air in slowly to fill the belly up, belly should rise up like a balloon. Hold this position for a few seconds and exhale drawing the belly inwards ensure there is no air left.
- In the second step, inhale deeply to fill up the belly, inhale a bit more to fill up air in rib cage. When you exhale, exhale from you rib cage and then from your belly.
- In the third step, inhale deeply to fill up your belly and rib cage with air. Inhale a bit more to fill up your heart centre with air. When you exhale, exhale air from the heart center, then the rib cage an then the belly.
- Repeat the whole process for five to six times.
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