Yoga is not only about poses and complex postures that are difficult to even look at. For a beginner, even following some of these poses is not easy. However, the most beautiful thing about yoga is that it is not limited to poses only. It’s a complete lifestyle encompasses even the way we are breathing. Pranamaya or yogic breathing exercises are meant to come with their own benefits. These exercises are beneficial in strengthening the chest and abdomen muscles and help with various health issues that involve breathing, digestion, uterine, heart and stress. Some of the most common techniques of pranamaya have been discussed below.
This is a form of deep breathing exercise. There is no limiting the benefits of deep breathing to our body and health.This technique involves you breathing deeply through your nostrils and then exhaling out as slowly as you can. Repeat the process for 2 to 5 min as it helps increase the lung capacity and helps calm down the nerves at the same time.
Kapal Bhati Pranayama
This technique helps steady the breathing. All you need to do is take a deep breath through the nostrils and then exhale it all out with a push. Since forceful exhalation involves the abdomen muscles and the diaphragm, it is helpful in strengthening the core stomach muscles.This one may sound easy but mastering this technique is tricky.
Sit straight and exhale out completely and touch your chin to your chest as you do so. Now remain in the same position for a while before releasing your chin and inhaling again. It may take a few days to master this technique, but it has proven to be very beneficial for stomach problems, hernia, uterine issues and prostrate problems. However, people who suffer from heart issues should avoid it.
Anulom Vilom Pranayama
This one is the simplest and yet it helps with blood circulation and stress, anxiety and depression problems.All you need to do is block your one nostril with your finger and breathe in deeply. Exhale and repeat the process with the other nostril.
Put your hand on your face in such a way that the thumb is blocking the ears, the index fingers rests on your forehead and the other three fingers on the sides of your nose. Breathe in slowly and while exhaling gently hum the fingers on the base of the nose like a bee. It helps improve concentration and depression.
Sit back and breathe in and out as slowly as you can for a couple of minutes. This will help bring tranquillity in your life and soothe your nerves. Do it at the end of all the other pranamaya techniques to relax the body and prepare your systems for the yoga poses ahead.
So start practising these pranamaya techniques at home even so that your body can benefit from these healing breathing exercises too.