Our breath is the moving life force energy that keeps us going. The act of breathing is a moving dance that never stops. Just like the tides of the ocean that come and go, so does our breath. It happens without us even thinking about it. A breathing practice is the practice of breath control. It assists in breath regulation, oxygen consumption, quality of breathing, and more. Breathing is essential and without a strong flow of breath our quality of life is altered. Each cell in our body is fed by the oxygen we breath in. The less oxygen in the body, the less food for our cells. Our lives depend on our ability to constantly deliver this oxygen to our cells and take away toxic carbon dioxide. Shallow breathing leaves more carbon dioxide in the blood, which is a poison to our bodies. When we maximize the quality of our breathing we can lengthen the duration of our lives, because there are everlasting and life changing effects of breathing practices. Every experience we have has a connection to our breath. Our movements, thoughts, and emotions are all directly connected to how we breathe. When we are under stress or experiencing anxiety, our breath tends to be shallow, and when we are experiencing relaxation or rest our breath is slow, deep, and balanced. A breath practice is extremely beneficial when experiencing pain or an overload of stress. When practicing breathing, the body and mind enter into the relaxation response, a state of deep rest, while endorphins are released in the body that act as a natural pain killers.
Breathing practices vary in duration and technique. Browse the breathing practices included in
Yoga By G and discover which may be best for you!
3 PART BREATHING
is the base of every breath work exercise. We focus on posture and on the three main parts of the core that move with each breath. In order of importance, we send the breath to the belly, the ribcage, and the chest learning how to breathe properly with the action of our diaphram, ribcage, and chest muscles.
is a practice that clears your mind and reduces stress in as little as no time. This breath was created by Dr. Andrew Weil to reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness in just minutes! Practicing this exercise at least twice a day has outstanding health benefits. The short length of this exercise also makes it easy to incorporate into busy schedules.
is an energetic breath that is often incorporated in yoga classes. This practice evens out the breath by gently constricting the back of the throat. Gently tightening the airway while breathing allows the breath to slow down and be more controlled, like breathing through a straw.
is a cooling breath that actually cools down the temperature of the body. This practice is great to use during times when the body is overheating in hot weather or during intense physical activity.
connects us to our inner child. This breath is a fun and expressive breath and expels excess energy by letting your inner lion roar! Lions breath can assist in eliciting creativity and settling restless. It may feel a bit silly at first, but people of all ages love this exercise!
is a short, powerful, and energetic breath that quickly builds internal heat. The powerful force of the diaphragm during Kapalabhati makes this exercise popular among singers and athletes! This breath is great to practice for a pick me up or to prepare for activity.
is an intense breathing exercise that balances the alkalinity of the body. Through several cycles of deep breathing, we focus on quality over quantity. Breaths are full and relaxed, pulling in ample amounts of oxygen, cleansing the body, and making it more alkaline.
is a balancing breath. Through alternate nostril breathing the opposing hemispheres of the brain are activated independently and can bring balance to the body. This breath is great for mood regulation and relieving symptoms of allergies!
Practicing Breathing Practices
THE FORMAL PRACTICE
The formal practices begins in a class setting. During yoga, meditation, or strictly breathing practices. All you need is your body and breath, which makes breathing practices easy to incorporate throughout your day.
THE INFORMAL PRACTICE
Although, the best part of learning breathing practices is that you can practice them anywhere, just like meditation! Once techniques are learned we can implement them throughout our daily lives. Breathing when overwhelmed, stressed, or experiencing pain can alleviate physical and emotional symptoms. Learning to breathe through obstacles during the formal practices later translates to subconsciously breathing during times of need. When we tap into the rhythm of our breath, making each breath fuller and longer, we are able to increase the longevity of our lives.