How can yoga breathing techniques help you to cope with stress and tension?
Try yoga breathing for real simple stress relief.
When you are anxious your breathing becomes shallow and rapid, but slow and deep when you are relaxed and at ease…
Years of stress and poor lifestyle means that rapid, shallow breathing is the norm for most of us.
Yoga Breathing or Pranayama revitalizes the body, steadies the emotions and creates great clarity of mind.
Follow these simple yoga breathing exercises for increased vitality, mental awareness and improved mood.
How To Breathe
- To improve your breathing you must first become aware of it.
- If you find that you are breathing too fast or too shallow, try an abdominal breathing exercise to help you breathe more naturally.
- In order to facilitate the flow of Prana and ensure that there is space for expanding the lungs, yoga breathing exercises are usually performed sitting down with the spine, neck and head in a straight line – look at meditation positions to get an idea of the ideal position to do yoga breathing techniques. If neither position is comfortable, you can just sit on a chair.
Yoga Breathing Techniques
- Alternate Nostril Breathing.This practice purifies the energy channels and balances the flow of energy between the left and right sides of the body. It is especially beneficial when you need to re-center yourself and is also useful to lead you into a meditation.
- Humming Bee Breath.Use this yoga breathing technique to calm your emotions. It relieves anger or anxiety because it reconnects you to the nurturing rythmic pulsation within your own being.
- Equal Breath.This breath helps you to release stress and come back to base. It develops a good awareness of the breath and, by fully involving the mind, it is a good concentration exercise. Try this breathing technique when you have trouble sleeping.
- Breathing Against The Flow.This breathing exercise develops conscious breathing and the ability to use your lungs fully. It is revitalizing.
The great thing about yoga breathing techniques is that you can do them anywhere and at anytime…
Don’t think that you have to only practice conscious breathing in a particular place and at a particular time, or even for a length of time. Once you are familiar with breathing techniques, you can use them whenever you need to release tension, revitalize or re-center.