Connecting the Dots: Breath, Yoga & All the Benefits
Breath is a relatively simple concept when we hear it. We breathe in and out about 22,000 times per day. However, the complexities go far beyond inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. Ask yourself, when was the last intentional breath you took? Breath is a gateway to know ourselves better and to calm the mind and anxieties that run within our thoughts. Breath is the anchor of meditation. It allows us to dive deeper into individual sensation, and through it, find simplicities that exist within our own being.
Breathing (Pranayama) Techniques to Try:
- Bees Breath
- How to: Begin by placing your thumbs on your ear cartilage. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, make a humming sound like a bee. Press in and out on the cartilage with your fingers or keep it fully pressed. A high-pitched sound will yield better results. Inhale again, and continue for 5-9 breaths. For added sensation, place your other fingers on other parts of your face like your nose, forehead, above the mouth and chin. Observe the natural vibration.
- Benefits: Instant benefits include relief of tension, anger and anxiety. As with all breath practices, Bees Breath can help calm an agitated mind. Other specific benefits include diminishing migraines, improving concentration and lessening throat ailments.
- Ocean Breath
- How to: Take a large inhale through your nose and exhale out your mouth. Think about fogging up a mirror on your exhale. This time, inhale through your nose and seal your lips when you exhale while keeping the shape in the back of your throat you used to fog up a mirror. You can think about constricting the muscles at the back of your throat and pressing the air out through your nose. You may be able to hear an audible sound that sounds similar to an ocean wave.
- Benefits: Aside from you making an ocean wave sound which soothes the nervous system, this breath is equally heating and cooling to the body. It can help restore equilibrium and balance. It can also aid relaxation for better sleep, slow down your heart rate, and lower blood pressure.
- Skull-Shining Breath
- How to: Take a full and deep inhale and exhale slowly. Inhale again, and begin exhaling quickly and vigorously out the nose by quickly pulling in the upper abs to force air out in short segments. Make sure your inhale is full and deep in between the exhales. Focus on 25-30 exhalations.
- Benefits: You can expect to clear a foggy brain or energize your body if you are feeling lethargic. Your focus and the speed of decision making may be increased. This breath is not recommended for those in high stress situations.
- Alternate-Nostril Breath
- How to: Make a fist with your right hand, and extend your thumb and pinky finger. Close your right nostril with your thumb. Inhale through your left nostril then close it with your pinky. Open your right nostril, and slowly exhale. Inhale through your right nostril, and exhale out your left this time. Repeat this process 3-5 times back and forth.
- Benefits: This breath can help bring balance to your nervous system and help you have less of a stress response over time. It can aid in calming stress and anxiety while also improving breathing and brain function.
- Add the Physical
Yoga is a moving meditation. We now know meditation is simply a breath practice. So, think of yoga as a moving breath practice. Through it, we are able to express emotion in various shapes we make with our bodies. Yoga is not about how flexible or balanced you are. It is not about inverting into a handstand. In fact, it is just the opposite. Yoga is first a mental practice, and that is where most of the health benefits live along with the physical benefits of staying limber and stable.
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