Yoga breathing exercises, which are also known as pranayama, form the basic part of effective meditation. In the present scenario, people lead a hectic and stressful life with strong competition, which is why most people have resorted to the practice of yoga. Yoga is now even prescribed by the doctors to patients for relieving stress, anxiety, illnesses, and many more.
The main objective of yoga breathing exercises is:
- To allow oxygen to reach the nervous system, which creates a relaxing and stress-free feeling.
- To eliminate the toxic elements present in the body.
- To calm down the mind and develop self-control.
- To release the severe tension.
- And to help maintain a better physical and mental balance.
Breathing correctly is very important to stay healthy, maximum people do not even know how fast or slow they’re breathing normally and that most of the sicknesses can result due to the body not receiving sufficient oxygen. So to increase the physical and mental health, there are many yoga breathing exercises that one can practice in a repetitive pattern.
Here are some of the best yoga breathing exercises you can practice daily, to become more aware of your breath, and to know how it affects your health:
Bhramari Pranayama is a simple breathing technique that can be practiced anywhere as a quick solution to de-stress. The exhalation during this process is similar to the humming of a bee. It treats hypertension and reduces anger, anxiety, and migraines. The technique calms your nerves and reduces frustration.
Sit straight in a position of your choice. Close your eyes and Place your index fingers on the cartilage between your cheeks and ears. Then, breathe in deeply while you breathe out, press the cartilage with your index fingers, and make a humming sound similar to a bee.
Anulom Vilom or Alternate Nostril Breathing is a breathing exercise through which nadis, energy passages in your body, are cleared. It streamlines your metabolism and controls diabetes. It reduces arthritis and sinusitis.
Sit in Padmasana and Keep your back straight, then Close your eyes. Place your left palm on your left knee and let it face upwards in the Gyan mudra. Lift your right hand and place your right thumb on the side of your right nostril. Breathe in deeply, and slowly through your left nostril.
After inhalation, press the little finger on the side of your left nostril. Exhale through your right nostril – slowly, and deeply.
Then, inhale through the right nostril. Press the side of your right nostril with your right thumb and exhale through your left nostril. That completes one round of Anulom Vilom.
Kapalbhati Pranayama is used mainly to cleanse the body, especially the chest. This breathing technique is supposed to help you throw out stress or tension. It improves the functioning of your liver and kidneys and also helps to clear the body of mucus. The process calms your brain and rejuvenates your body.
First, sit in Sukhasana and place your palms on your knees. Then, Inhale deeply through your nose and Breathe in calmly and consciously. Pull your stomach in towards your spine and then exhale in a short and quick burst. There will be a hissing sound while you do so.
Practice one round of Kapalbhati that consists of inhaling and exhaling 20 times. After one round, close your eyes observe your body.
Bhastrika Pranayama is a powerful yoga breathing exercise. It is a cleansing kriya that clears your nostrils, nadis, and sinuses and prepares you for deep breathing. It is also perfect for invigorating your body.
First, sit in the Lotus Position with your back straight. Take a deep breath and then breathe out in the same manner. Do this a few times to relax your head. Then, start to exhale quick breaths through your nose forcefully. Follow it up by inhaling in the same manner. Your belly must move in and out as you breathe. The rest of your body should be still. Do at least three rounds of Bhastrika pranayama.
As you go through the hectic day, take some time and practice at least one of the breathing exercises mentioned above to feel calmer and reduce stress, more energizes, alert, and relaxed.