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Learning how to control the breath

November 28, 2014

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Learning how to control the breathTo breathe is to live and each breath we take is an echo of the way we feel at a particular moment. If our breath is short and fast it may mean that we are excited or scared, and if it is slow it may mean we are tired or sad. Breathing is the vent the body uses to get more oxygen to the blood, to let go of the carbon dioxide and relax the body. It is essentially important and yet many of us fail to pay enough attention to it.

Breathing is an involuntary action but if we learn how to control it, it can help us get to higher states of meditation, achieve calmness and tranquility and become energized and relaxed. Controlling the breath is one of the initial and most important things to learn in order to properly practice yoga techniques and meditation. These are several methods of controlling the breath. The Hindu word “Pranayama” means controlling the life force and refers to controlling our breathing.

There is diaphragmic and thoracic breathing. First we need to realize the difference between these two and then get to know various techniques of controlling our breath. For example you can use Qi Gong breathing techniques which will relax and energize the body. This technique can be easily conquered. It requires you to breath from your belly i.e. using your diaphragm. The air should get into and out of your lungs through your nostrils, the breath should be smooth while you are holding the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth.

In hatha yoga in order to improve and regulate the breathing process you will need to conquer difficult postures and manage to stay in them for a long time. This breathing technique incorporates diaphragmatic, intercostal and clavicular breathing, it requires a lot more effort, time and work to master the postures and get to a higher level.

There are different pranayama techniques but learning them and practicing them will in time benefit your health greatly. Deep and slow breathing helps with sleeping problems, relieving fatigue, heart burn and many other health issues. It improves the posture of the body focusing on the chakras, the heart.

Dirga pranayam signifies breathing including three parts. You need to learn them all to know how to use the lungs completely. Nadi Shodana is a breathing technique performed using one nostril, Ujjayi Pranayama is the so called victorious breath, Kumbhaka is a technique using voluntary holding of one’s breath at the end of exhalation, and then there is anulom vilom pranayama or alternate nostril breathing.

Using these techniques to train your breath will not only significantly improve your health but they will also help you train your awareness and raise the level of your consciousness. These exercises get fresh air and more oxygen in the body. By breathing out they release the toxic air, regulate the heartbeat, relieve tension and pain, massage your organs, improve the quality of the blood, improve the immune system, boost energy and a lot more. And what is most important they will help you find tranquility and calm the mind.

Take a Pranayama Class today!

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