Get The Secret To Stress Relief Using These Yoga Breathing Techniques


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Inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth are called mindfulness breathing techniques. When was the last time that you took a breath and exhaled involuntarily from your nose? Today, is it possible? Last week, today, or yesterday? The second group that includes all the benefits of mindfulness breathing is called Pranayama yoga breathing. There are many modern yoga poses for relaxation, and pranayama also is included. When was this part of yoga first introduced? Remember, it was taught to us by our teacher Gautama Buddha more than 2021 years ago.

Original Yoga Mantra

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Third, let’s get back to the original yoga mantra. It is Shambhavi. It means “one breathing.” So, Shambhavi means “one breath meditation.” In other words, this is an ultimate relaxation and concentration technique. Fourth is Vinyasa. Vinyasa is “eight limbs” or “eight flowing postures.” This is for medical conditions worsened by respiration, such as lung disease, COPD, asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems. This is not stretching but rather a slow, meditative breathing exercise.

Power Yoga Breathing

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Next is power yoga focuses on deep breathing exercises to increase oxygen to the brain and increase overall energy levels and strength. The poses are challenging and will help you increase your stamina and immune system. It is great for stress relief and to build a strong immune system. Sixth is Pranayama yoga practice. Literally, “breathe well” is an easy way to cleanse your lungs. First, inhale through your nose, and hold your breath for about two seconds before inhaling again through your mouth. Repeat several times.

Many More Techniques

That’s it for the six main types of yoga breathing. There are lots more, as discussed in more detail in my book, Your Kundalini Yoga Practice. In particular, I will talk about kundalini awakening, yoga breathing for meditation, and the benefits of a proper yogic daily routine. You’ll need to visit my website for more information. As I said, this has been a basic overview of the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of each type of yoga breathing. Feel free to read more of my articles on these topics.

Hatha Yoga Practice

The most popular type of breathing practice is Hatha yoga practice, also called relaxation. It’s simply relaxed poses that stretch, strengthen and relax muscles. The Hatha breathing technique is often used to help people overcome stress. I highly recommend it.  Next is breath adaptation or breath control. It is very similar to pranayama yoga breathing techniques, but there is a big difference in the emphasis placed on breath control. Breath adaptation as a yoga class focuses on being aware of your breath, learning to regulate it, and then consciously taking small breaths to assist you. Most of your yoga classes will teach this breathing technique, sometimes even explicitly. If not, look for a yoga class with a focus on breath control.

Deep Inhalation Or Exhalation

Lastly is deep inhalation or exhalation. This type of yoga practice is more meditative. You will use a combination of pranayama and asana to deepen your breathing. Many people think exhalation is when you exhale, but it isn’t. Exhalation is taking the first breath you take in the yoga practice, then holding it for a few seconds, and then exhaling deeply.

Modern Poses

In addition to all of these breathing techniques, many modern yoga teachers teach you specific poses specifically adapted to fit your breathing needs. Ashtanga and vinyasa styles are great for people who want a very vigorous workout and may not be able to tolerate very high counts of breathing during their asana sessions. Someone looking for a slower-paced, calmer yoga practice may want to look into Mantra class or Power yoga. Both these styles focus on slow, deep breathing techniques, and many modern teachers will make the pose accessible to you even if you aren’t particularly flexible.

Summing Up

Remember that you don’t have to follow the types of yoga breathing techniques that have been handed down through the ages. You can adapt them to suit your needs and lifestyle. For example, some yoga breathing techniques are more suited to beginners, and others are better for more experienced practitioners. If you find yourself feeling stressed out and reaching for quick fixes, try incorporating an inhalation technique you are comfortable with into your yoga routine. You’ll soon find you have more control over your stress levels.

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