How to breathe during your yoga practice?

By TNT Bureau

Aug 10, 2017: Our natural inclination is to hold the breath while holding a yoga pose, particularly in a challenging asana. This paves way for stress and anxiety in the body. In yoga, we wish to generate a peaceful and relaxed body and mind through mindful use of the breath.

There are quite a lot of ways to breathe in yoga , and these will vary with instructor and custom. Most importantly, discover a breath that supports your goal that you are invoking for the pose and overall yoga practice.

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How to breathe during your yoga practice?

  • Use dirga pranayama in majority postures. Concentrate on actively breathing into your chest in backbends and chest opening asanas..
  • Use ujjiaj pranayama when holding strength building poses to boost endurance and focus (downward dog, standing squat, warrior III, warrior I, sun salutations).
  • Use kapalabhati pranayama when you desire to strengthen holding a pose and to strongly activate the prana in the body. Kapalabhati can also create a strong focus during a challenging asana to permit you to stay present with the posture.

When bending forward, breathe out

When you exhale, the lungs empty, making the torso more compact, so there is less physical mass between your upper and lower body as they move toward each other.

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When lifting or opening the chest, breathe in

In a heart-opening backbend, for instance, you increase the space in your chest cavity, giving the lungs, rib cage, and diaphragm more room to fill with air. And heart rate boosts on an inhalation, rising alertness and pumping more blood to muscles.

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