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Just Breathe!




Yes, there are numerous benefits to practicing Pranayama, which is a form of yoga that involves working with the breath.


Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that refers to the control of breath in yoga. It is one of the eight limbs of yoga as described in the ancient text, the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Practicing pranayama is believed to calm the mind, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall physical and mental health. Here are some of the most popular types of pranayama:




  1. Ujjayi: Ujjayi is a breathing technique that involves narrowing the back of the throat to create a soft, ocean-like sound. This type of breathing helps to regulate the flow of air, increase oxygenation and calm the mind, and is often used in conjunction with a physical asana practice.

  2. Nadi Shodhana: Also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing, helps to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, reducing stress and anxiety. In this technique, the practitioner alternates between breathing through one nostril, then the other, with the help of the thumb and ring finger.

  3. Kapalbhati: Kapalbhati is a type of breathing that involves rapid and forceful exhalation followed by passive inhalation. This type of pranayama is believed to purify the lungs, improve digestion and increase energy levels.

  4. Bhastrika: Bhastrika is a type of breathing that involves rapidly inhaling and exhaling through the nose. This type of pranayama increases oxygenation to the body, improves circulation and invigorates the mind and body.

  5. Sitali: Sitali is a cooling pranayama that involves inhaling air through curled, fanned out lips, and exhaling through the nose. This type of breathing helps to reduce inflammation, calm the mind and regulate body temperature. If you can't roll your tongue, purse your lips and breath in as if you were sipping through a straw.

  6. Bhramari: Bhramari is a humming bee pranayama that involves making a humming sound like a bee as you exhale. This type of breathing helps to calm the mind, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall mental health.

There are many different types of pranayama, each with its own unique benefits for the mind and body. Incorporating a variety of pranayama techniques into your day can help to improve your overall physical and mental wellbeing. It's important to remember to always practice pranayama under the guidance of a qualified teacher to ensure proper technique and avoid any potential harm.



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