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Pranayama - Breathing Techniques for Beginners

This section gives an overview of the Breathing Techniques for the Beginner. Yoga Breathing or Pranayama revitalizes the body, steadies the emotions and creates great clarity of mind. Before practicing the exercises, you should be sure that you understand how to breathe correctly and how to make full use of the diaphragm. In order to facilitate the flow of Prana and ensure that there is space for expanding the lungs, Yoga Breathing exercises are performed sitting down with the spine, neck and head in a straight line - either in the Easy Pose, the Lotus Pose or if neither is comfortable, sitting on a chair.

Beginner Yoga Breathing Techniques

Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma are of equal importance in the Basic Session of Asanas and should form the backbone of your Pranayama. Practice them exclusively to begin with, before your daily set of Asanas.

Kapalabhati Kapalabhati
Kapalabhati is a Breathing Technique used specifically for cleansing. If you have a lot of mucus in the air passages or feel tension and blockages in the chest it is often helpful to breathe quickly. This article will introduce you to this breathing techniques and show you its its benefits.

Anuloma Viloma Anuloma Viloma
Anuloma Viloma is also called the Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique. In this Breathing Technique, you inhale through one nostril, retain the breath, and exhale through the other nostril. Learn how to do this technique for beginners by following the steps found in this article.

Other Yoga Breathing Exercises

Brahmari Brahmari
Bhramari or Nasal Snoring is more difficult than the usual mouth snoring. But with with enough practice and patience, you will eventually be able to perform this technique. If you are unsure where and how to start with Bhramari, then let this article help you.

Sitkari Sitkari
Sitkari pertains to the sound made by drawing air in through the front teeth-either tightly closed or slightly opened-with the tongue tip regulating the air pressure and sound. Learn more about this technique in this article.

Sithali Sithali
The breathing technique Sitali or tongue hissing refers to the sound caused when air is drawn in through the protruding tongue folded into a tube. This basic breathing technique can be performed by following the steps found in this article.

As already mentioned above, Pranayama revitalizes one's body along with other benefits that a person gets by practicing it. We hope that the different breathing techniques featured above will help you kick start your practice of Pranayama. But more than just encouraging you to practice Pranayama more, we also hope that with its help, you will be able to achieve the goals of performing it - to achieve balance in your life.

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Article Comments
Thursday 20th March 2008 at 12:33:37 PM  

The article “Beginner Yoga Breathing Techniques or Pranayama” is really telling the truth.
Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma are of equal importance in the Basic Session of Asanas and should form the backbone of your Pranayama.

I always agree with this concept, which is traditional and scientific. But some people don’t try to believe this truth!!! Thanks for this article.

Yogacharya Tonmoy

Sunday 30th August 2009 at 6:30:37 AM  

yoga is one of the oldest education of life and itis a new experience every day.

Wednesday 14th October 2009 at 4:34:47 PM  

Does anyone know how I can get EXPERT coaching in Pranayama. I suffer from chronic health issues and would take a month of December to get training. I have heard that if you don''t do it Accurately, it can cause the person harm. Also, my first preference is to get the training in US.

Monday 15th February 2010 at 1:48:11 PM  

SD, I know an excellent teacher for Pranayama. What is your email? Are you in Los Angeles?

Thursday 25th March 2010 at 5:56:04 AM  

thanx for so much scientfic information about yoga i relly love yoga

dhilip kumar
Tuesday 20th April 2010 at 11:51:49 AM  

very good

Saturday 3rd July 2010 at 1:48:03 AM  

during the day after some time i automatically switch to wrong method of breathing how do i overcome this.

Sunday 19th September 2010 at 8:11:28 AM  

i relly love yoga especially breathing exercises like Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma so my relative is suffering from brain cacer and she is performing yoga every day in the morning(Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma,bastrika) please give me more suggestions about asanas

Monday 21st March 2011 at 11:04:43 PM  

Do you have panayama centre in malaysia

Dr Satish
Saturday 22nd October 2011 at 8:11:05 PM  

Hi Friends this information is very amazing and useful

Saturday 19th November 2011 at 10:38:31 PM  

guy''s, i like to tell you some thing please don''t try this by reading books or watching videos.we need to have basic knowledge before trying,and people who perform in this videos are expert in doing such confident and go step by personnel experience.

Thursday 23rd February 2012 at 12:25:42 AM  

At present i doing brething exercise at morining for 15 to 20 minutes i have not went to any class i learn from google what i am doing is correct or not i dont know, i am in bangalore city market dr. tcm. royan road. bangalore - 53 - my mother tongue is tamil if it is any tamil class (PRNAYAMA) near to my address PLEASE TELL ME

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