Yogic breathing is deep breathing which is three-part breathing done by an abdominal, thoracic and clavicular cavity. Yogic breathing is very essential for the practice of yoga and it can help one in creating mindfulness and concentration in performing yoga. Yogic breathing is best performed under the guidance of a teacher but one can start with lengthening the exhalation to prepare for it. Yogic breathing can be practiced before other breathing techniques. More oxygen is made available per breathe making it an efficient breathing technique.
Inhale slowly, allowing the abdomen to rise. When the abdomen had expanded as much as it can allow the chest to expand outward and upward. Once the ribs have expanded as much as they can inhale a little more so that the collar bones move up slightly. Then slowly exhale first allowing the collar bones to move downward, then the chest and finally the abdomen. Continue the practice without any strain, jerks, or tension. The breath should feel natural and after some time it should be mostly thoracic and abdominal breathing. Abdominal breathing should be at least 70% of the breath. If you are having any sinus or breathing issues it’s good to avoid this technique. Also, important to do this technique on an empty stomach and can be done 2-3 times a day preferably.
Now let’s go over the benefits of Yogic breathing. First, it’s a great breathing technique for a calm and centred mind. This technique also helps us in bringing ourselves back to the present moment and not get stuck in the past or worry about the future. It is a good practice for people with weaker respiratory systems. It helps lengthen our breathing and hence a smooth flow of ‘Prana’ can take place easily. It also helps in harmonizing the left and the right hemispheres of the brain. It helps reduce stress and helps the mind and body to relax. It helps in reducing heart rate and blood pressure. Lastly, breathing this way can allow one to have maximum inhalation and exhalation.
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