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Yoga Breathing Exercises - Pranayama

Yoga breathing exercises, which are called pranayama in Sanskrit, may be done in association with yoga poses or just while sitting quietly. Here are some of the most common types of yoga breathing exercises and their benefits.
  1. Bandhas (3)

Introduction to Pranayama Breathing Exercises
Explanation of pranayama and instruction for calming and invigorating breathing exercises.

Alternate Nostril Breathing Nadi Sodhana
Calm yourself with Nadi Sodhana.

Equal Breathing - Sama Vritti Pranayama
In sama vritti, you focus on inhaling and exhaling for the same amount of time.

Cooling Breath - Shitali Pranayama
How to Practice Cooling Breath - Shitali Pranayama.

Ocean Breath – Ujjayi Pranayama
Ocean Breath – Ujjayi Pranayama is an important part of a vinyasa yoga practice. These step-by-step instructions teach you how.

Skull Shining Breath – Kapalabhati Pranayama
Warm up with Kapalabhati Pranayama.

Three-Part Breath Dirga Pranayama
Learn to calm yourself with Three-Part Breath.

Lion's Breath

Breathe Your Way to Health and Peace
Subhamoy Das, About Guide to Hinduism, on the beneficial effects of incorporating pranayama into your life.

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