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Breath in yoga affects the parasympathetic nervous system, causing calming the mind, rest and digestion.

It brings us back to the present and to focus on what is happening here and now. What are the other positive breathing effects? Learn four techniques that you can use during your own meditation or yoga practice. They will bring you into a state of harmony.

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In addition to calming properties, proper breathing has other, equally valuable:

  • Stimulates the chemical processes in the brain, increasing the secretion of endorphins, which reduces depression
  • Stimulates the pituitary gland, which is responsible for better intuition
  • Reduces toxins from the lungs
  • It cleanses the blood
  • It adds energy and increases vitality
  • Regulates the level of pH in the body, which affects better coping with stress
  • In yoga, deep breathing is called pranayama . In Sanskrit "prana" means "life-giving energy" and "Yama (Ayama)" - "control and expansion."

"Prana is the vital energy present in all beings - the power that animates them. It moves everything that is physical and mental, including our thoughts.

Although living beings take prana by breath or with air, that is why prana is not the same as air. In the 13th century, the Indian poet and mystic Sant Jnaneshvara described prana as the wind of life. For Swami Rama (1925-1996) vayu - wind or air - is a horse on which prana rides.

It is only prana that makes air the source of life; she is in the air, but she is not alone. " (excerpt from the book: Pranayama, the healing power of breath )

Pranayama is a method that ensures the proper circulation of this life-giving energy in the body.

During yoga or meditation, the combination of mind and breath increases attention and awareness . Pranayama allows us to have a real "here and now" presence.

"Breath is the essence of yoga because it is the essence of life. And yoga deals with life. " - T. Krishnamacharya

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4 breathing techniques

There are many different types of pranayama that are still waiting for your interest and discovery. Search as much as you want until you find the technique that is best for you. To facilitate this search, we have prepared a description of four breathing techniques.

1. Sama Vrtti Pranayama

"Sama" means "equality" and "vrtti" means action or movement .

In this exercise, your inspiration will last the same as your exhalation.

Start counting to four and follow the exhale the same way - also counting to four. If you feel comfortable enough, you can additionally take breaks between inspiration and expiration, in which you will also count down to four.

Thanks to this, you will achieve focus and ensure balance in your body.

2. Breath of Ujjaya

Often called winning breath, because " ud " means all-powerful , and "jaya" means "victory or triumph . "

Breathe deeply through your nose, letting the air touch the back of your throat. It may take a while to get used to this method, but in the end you will get a sound similar to the humming ocean waves.

That is why this breath is also called the breath of the ocean. Ujjayi will calm your nervous system and provide deep massage to internal organs, including such as the esophagus and spleen.

3. Kapalabhati, Breath of fire

"Kapala" is "skull" , while "bhati" can be translated as "light . "

This technique is also known by another name: "breath breath" , due to its cleansing properties .

Begin the exercise by sitting cross-legged and keeping your hands on your knees.

With each exhalation, press the navel to the spine. Inhale will be automatic. Continue all for a minute.

Kapalabhati's breath cleanses the blood and liver, calms the mind, and also increases the oxygen content in the blood.

4. The breath of the Lion, Simhasana

"Simha" means "lion" .

In this exercise, you breathe out through a wide open mouth with the characteristic "AHHHH" and the tongue sticking out far away.

At the same time, your eyes should be directed straight ahead. You can do this type of breath both while sitting and in other asanas.

This is a fun technique that will help you relax your body and stave off stress. Stimulates the organs of the mouth, muscles of the face and eyes.

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5. Naadi Sodhana

" Nadi " means a subtle energy channel, vessel, vein, artery, also the nerve, " odhan " means cleansing and cleansing. Nadi according to Hindu philosophy are subtle energy channels in the pranic body that can be blocked for various reasons.

Pranayama Nadi Śodhana is a breathing technique that helps remove energy blockages and unblock the flow of prana (life force) through nadis


Deep breath is not only an integral part of yoga practice and meditation. This is a very important element in everyday life , because it is known to have nutritional properties for the whole body, and also reduce stress. The better you can use the positive properties of pranayama in everyday life, the easier it will be to deal with unforeseen situations (if any at all).


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