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Pranayama - Advanced Breathing Techniques

Breath is the source of life. This is the basic reason why ancient Yogis developed different Breathing Techniques, from Basic Pranayama to Advanced Breathing Techniques. These Breathing Techniques or Pranayamas are designed to allow the free flow of energy in the body and to purify the body's energy channels called nadis. The practice of Pranayama also ensures that every cell in the body receives oxygen and nutrients.

The following are Advanced Pranayamas which should be practiced after a few months of performing Anuloma Viloma or Kapalabhati without discomfort or with little effort. These Advanced Breathing Techniques are powerful tools for controlling the flow of Prana and raising the latent Kundalini energy. You can only proceed to these techniques after you have purified yourself physically and spiritually by practicing Asanas, Beginner's Pranayamas, Meditation and Vegetarian Diet daily for several months.

Advanced Yoga Breathing Exercises

Introduction Introduction to the Bandhas
Bandha is a Sanskrit word related to our English words "band," "bind," "bond" and "bound." Each of the Bandha employed for prolonging breathing pauses binds air in our lungs or closes and locks the air channels so that no air can escape or enter. This article will give you an overview of the Three Important Bandhas.

Jalandhara Bandha Jalandhara Bandha
Jalandhara Bandha or "chin lock" involves pressing the chin close to the chest and dropping the head to help in maintaining immobility of muscle and air movements. It may be a difficult technique to pull off in the beginning but with enough practice, you will be able to do it effortlessly.

Uddiyana Uddiyana Bandha
Uddiyana Bandha, involves raising the diaphragm and keeping it immobile during an empty pause. The abdomen must be drawn in and up as far as possible. Sure it sounds difficult, so don't hurry up in trying to excute perfectly on your first try. Learn how to do it correctly with the help of this article.

Moola Bandha Moola Bandha
Those who practice Moola Bandha receive a variety of benefits by doing so like lessening the effects of ailments such as asthma and arthritis. Aside from that, it can also be a great way of relieving depression. Those are just some of the positive effects that you can get by practicing it so learn about it now in this article.

Ujjayi Breathing Ujjayi
According to the ancient yogic text, Ujjayi can help protect you from a host of diseases by getting rid of excess phlegm, wind or bile. Learn how to perform this challenging breathing technique by following the guidelines found in this article.

Surya Bheda Surya Bheda
Surya means sun, referring to the right nostril which is the path of the Pingala Nadi. When you inhale solely through this nostril, heat is created in the body and the impurities that blocks the flow of Prana are dispelled. You may start your practice by repeating Surya Bhedana ten times and slowly build up a to forty.

Bhastrika Bhastrika
Bhastrika is primarily consists of forced rapid deep breathing which serves as a basis for many varieties of exercises, all of which may be described by the same name. Although air is forced both in and out, the emphasis is placed upon the expulsion or explosion of air. This section will discuss Bhastrika in further detail.

Samanu Samanu
Samanu is an advanced practice for purifying the nadis that combines pranayama with chakra visualization and japa on the bija mantras of air, fire, moon and earth. It can be achieved by following the steps listed in this article. Read more about it.

Warning: Yoga Breathing Exercise or Pranayama are very powerful exercises. Many people experience diziness or lose consciousness while practicing beginner or advanced Breathing Techniques. Do not rush things and practice all exercises as slowly as you can. Perhaps ask a friend to stay with you when trying out a new technique. In addition to that, you can also sign up for some Breathing or Yoga Classes and practice under supervision of an expert.

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Eric Olson
Saturday 28th November 2009 at 11:41:54 AM  

Hello, I had several years of study in this field but now I cannot remember what it''s called to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. I think it''s "uji breathe," but surely I am wrong. Would you please write and tell me?

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