Breathing is an involuntary act; it is an essential part of life. Although we cannot control whether or not we breathe, we can control the way that we breathe. A belief that different methods of breath affect the body's health and life force is the core of Pranayama practice.
Calming Pranayama Exercises
A good breath for beginners, this exercise teaches you how to fill and empty the lungs completely.
This breath helps you relax.
Bring yourself in to balance by clearing the energy channels on both sides of the body.
A simple breath, perfect for a hot day or after practicing yoga postures.
Vigorous Pranayama Exercises
A powerful release for tension in the face.
This powerful breath helps you maintain focus while doing yoga and can really invigorate your practice.
This advanced breathing exercise should be learned from an experienced teacher, as it is possible to become lightheaded if it is done incorrectly. Once mastered, this breath generates heat and clears the nasal passages.