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Pranayama Techniques For Beginners

Pranayama Techniques for beginners to develop a breath practice. These yoga breathing techniques are a great way to start a breath practice!

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Deep Breathing Yoga Exercises

The objective of pranayama, or breathing exercises, is to teach the ability to properly inhale, exhale, and retain your breath. There are different branches of pranayama dedicated specifically for inhalation, exhalation, and breathing retention.

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Adho mukha svanasana with raised hands - Bakchich baba

Adho mukha svanasana with raised hands. How to move the center of gravity to the legs.

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The Magic of Breathwork

[11" x 14" print of “The Magic of Breathwork" digital artwork on soft touch 130lb. cover paper (350 GSM) with gold foil, signed, and packaged in water protective slip for shipping] *PLEASE NOTE these images show the design with a "mock up" gold texture. The actual piece is printed with gold foil for the figure's hair, infinity symbol with crescent moons above the figure's head, as well as the flowers within the figure's stomach. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. *Note that frame is not included In the last year, after practicing pranayama and breathwork sporadically in yoga classes and at a particularly transformational workshop, I finally committed to doing a daily pranayama practice usually first thing in the morning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pranayama as you may already know is an ancient and varied tradition of yogic practices that essentially use the breath and sometimes visualization to control the flow of energy in the body and subtle energy in the subtle body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is amazing how much you can change your state of being just by doing a few simple breath exercises. There are nearly infinite variations and often a specific type of pranayama will be taught and practiced differently in different lineages, but I thought I would share a couple of straightforward techniques that you can safely practice on your own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first is beautifully simple and I love it because you can practice it anywhere without anyone even knowing you’re doing it and it is tremendously calming and perfect if you are feeling anxious about something like an interview or a presentation. It is sometimes called square breathing or four square breath. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anyway, you simply breathe in through your nose for a count of four (which is kind of a normal in-breath) then hold your breath in for the same count of four. Exhale out the nose for four again and then hold the breath out for a count of four. That’s one complete cycle. Repeat for as long as it feels good. Twenty minutes will absolutely change your mood and relax your mind significantly. Another slightly more complicated technique is called alternate nostril breathing. I will explain it as I was taught. There are other variations which you are welcome to practice but I learned it like this. Sit in an upright position with a straight back and the eyes closed. Rest your left hand on your left knee or thigh in Gyan Mudra, index finger and thumb touching👌 With your right hand fold in the index and middle fingers so that the pinky, ring finger and thumb remain extended. Bringing the right hand to your nose so that the thumb is near the right nostril and the ring finger rests near the left, begin by inhaling through the left nostril with the right nostril closed by the thumb. Inhale for four counts then close both nostrils and hold for six. Then exhale through the right nostril only for a count of four (ring finger blocks left). Inhale through the right nostril for the count of four. Close and hold the breath for a count of six and then exhale through the left nostril for a count of four. That concludes one cycle. Always begin inhaling through the left and conclude exhaling through the left in this particular exercise. This one is very balancing and meditative. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re interested in more pranayama essentials, look into Kapalabhati and Bhastrika. These two I particularly love and lately if I skip one for some reason its almost like that feeling when you leave the house without brushing your teeth in the morning. Love, Ansley

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The Complete Guide to Advancing your yoga Self-practice

Advancing your Yoga Self-practice: how to make a routine, add spirituality and pranayama, find new inspiration, stay motivated, and tracking your progress

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The Incredible Benefits Of Bhramari Pranayama (Humming Bee Breath)

Bhramari pranayama (Bee Breath) effectively and instantly calms down your mind. Improves concentration and memory.Builds confidence.

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Mudra Miracles - Types and Benefits of Mudras for Healing

Mudra Miracles - Types and Benefits of Mudras for Healing

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Benefits of Anulom Vilom Pranayama and How to do it - 7pranayama.com

Anulom Vilom pranayama ( Alternate Nostril Breathing) is one of the main pranayama or breathing exercises practice in Hatha Yoga.

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