Strengthens respiratory muscles
Improves digestion, improves lymphatic drainage and circulation
Develops breath control, calms nerves
How to perform yogic breathing
- Sit in a comfortable position. Lengthen your spine.
- Place your right hand over your belly and your left hand over your chest. Close your eyes.
- Inhale into your belly, slowly and deeply. Feel your belly expand. As you continue the inhalation, feel your ribs expand next and then the base of your throat.
- As you exhale, relax the upper chest, feel the ribs contract next and lastly the belly.
- Each breath should flow naturally without tension. Repeat 5 to 10 rounds of this breath.
- Inhale and feel the belly, then chest, then throat expand
- Exhale and feel first throat, then chest and lastly belly contract
- Lengthen spine
- Keep chin parallel to floor
Modification: Place a firm cushion or rolled mat under your bottom to bring more length to your spine.
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Yogic breathing (Pranayama in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the breathing exercises categories. This asana targets abs and chest. Yogic breathing stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.
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