The Essence of Life….BREATH…
No one can argue the importance of breath, nor can one argue the impact on one’s body when we feel stressed, anxious, overtired or scared, just to name a few. This leads to our breath being irregular, rapid and uncontrolled. The implications on an unbalanced mind and body can lead to ailments where we feel there is no return. But there is hope to a weary mind, for as involuntary as our breath may seem, it is not only the key to our physical lifeforce, but our mental and spiritual one as well. The best part is, the moment we focus on our breath, SOMETHING MAGICAL happens.
Does it Really Work?
Every single aspect of our body needs oxygen, right down to the cellular level, so it stands to reason that if we are able to control our breathing (regardless of technique) we will encourage, revitalize, rejuvenate, reduce stress, as well as raise our overall level of health. Still unsure? Think about all the times you felt stressed and the moment you took that deep breath, you started to calm down and regained composure.
Introducing 4 Pranayama Breathing Techniques
- Self-Inquiry: By looking at how we breathe, we begin to understand something about who we are
- Self-Transformation: Yogis say, breath and consciousness are really two sides of the same coin, when we change the breath in pranayama, we inevitably change who we are.
- Self-Realization: When our small breath becomes one with, and reveals itself as identical to, the Great Breath. No matter the technique, following a daily breathing routine will keep your mind at ease while you go about your life and face all that you do.
Help yourself to create balance and harmony, clarity in the mind, and the feeling of restfulness and rejuvenation. Below are some examples of Pranayama breathing. These techniques are for EVERYONE OF ALL AGES.
1. Nadhi Sodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
This alternating nostril breathing technique will help you reduce stress, calm your nerves and promote a wonderful night’s rest. It is said that this technique also increases oxygen flow thereby heightening concentration and cleansing the bloodstream.
2. Kapalabhati Pranayama (Skull Shining Breath)
This cleansing breathing technique is said to clear the mucus membranes allowing for the relief of congestion while aiding in increasing one’s lung capacity. As you practice this technique you will find that it can also create heat within you, relieving a cold or lethargic body. This technique is not recommended for those with high blood pressure or pregnant.
3. Ujjayi Pranayama (Victory Breath)
Calm the mind and expand the lungs with this focused breathing technique. As this is performed, we include soothing sounds to mimic the majestic ocean. Combined, it touches on different aspects of the mind and soul allowing one to be fully immersed within themselves. It can also be used to compliment Asana practice.
4. Sitali Pranayama (The Cooling Technique)
Cool the body and the mind with this breathing technique. As your breath enters into your body, you’ll find the heat which was once there, is replaced with cooling sensations. Sometimes stress can make a person very irritated, creating unnecessary heat within the body. This technique lowers the rising temperature of the body and mind as well as help to keep your composure.
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