Yoga Breathing exercises - HEALTHTIME

Sedentary lifestyle, stress at work, poor food habits are some of the many reasons people (including the younger generation) face different health issues. Most of these health issues can, however, be avoided by practising yoga breathing exercises, as deep breathing is known to have several health benefits. So if you too want to boost your personal wellness, without sweating it out, here are three effective yoga breathing exercises that can help.

Sama Vritti

This easy to perform yoga breathing exercise involves taking a few soft breaths to let the body relax and release any stress. All you need to do is find a good airy place to sit on a mat and close your eyes.

  1. Sit on a yoga mat with your back straight.
  2. Relax your body first by taking a few soft breaths.
  3. Stretch your hands and rest them on your thighs.
  4. Breathe in and breathe out for a count of 4 each to complete one round.

As you practice, your breathing capacity would improve and you will be able to take up the count to 8 or 10, as well.

Bhastrika Pranayama

Bhastrika is a word in Sanskrit that means bellows. This yoga breathing exercise involves taking deep breaths to ensure your body gets adequate levels of oxygen. To perform this yoga breathing exercise, sit in Padmasana with your spine erect.

  1. Stretch your hands and let them rest on your thighs.
  2. Lift your left hand and close your left nostril with your thumb.
  3. Take a deep breath from your right nostril and then exhale with maximum possible force via the same nostril.
  4. Do this ten times and then repeat the same with your right hand closing your right nostril.
  5. This would complete one round of Bhastrika.
  6. Relax for around 30 seconds before you start the next round.  
    If you are new to yoga breathing exercises, make sure you perform this one under the supervision of a yoga instructor.

Bhramari Pranayama

This hissing bee yoga breathing exercise helps ease the mind with the hissing sound similar to that of a bee. This breathing exercise helps alleviate headache and migraine issues, too. To perform this exercise –

  1. Sit on a yoga mat with a straight back.
  2. Stretch both hands and let them rest on the thighs.
  3. Place both the index fingers, applying mild pressure on the cartilages of the respective ears.
  4. Make a humming sound as you take a deep breath and then exhale.
  5. Repeat this around 8 to 10 times.

Try these yoga breathing exercises and let us know ‘if they helped’ by commenting down in the comments section.