Crash Course on Pranayama (Breathing)

Major types of Pranayama:

  • Nadi Sodhana
  • Shitali Pranayama
  • Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Kapalabhati Pranayama
  • Digra Pranayama
  • Bhastrika Pranayama
  • Bahya Pranayama
  • Bhramari Pranayama
  • Udgit pranayama
  • Anuloma & Viloma Pranayama
  • Agnisar Kriya

When is the best time to perform breathing exercises?

Early in the morning on an empty stomach! It’ll get your mojo going and get your body jumpstarted for the day ahead. If this time is unavailable to you, late at night is also ideal. Find a place that is quiet with clean air and you’re golden.

Where to do Pranayama yoga?

“Pranayama techniques are best practiced while sitting on the floor on a folded blanket. This form of practice is applicable to padmasana also. However; any other posture will do provided the back is kept erect from the base of the spine to the neck and perpendicular to the floor. Bad and poorly performed posture will lead to shallow breathing and low endurance. One must empty the bladder and bowels before starting pranayama yoga.”

The best way to explain HOW to do these exercises, is to watch videos made by the experts themselves:

Ujjayi pranayama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRb56apRa40

Kapalabhati pranayama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VfSiy1yON0

Nadhi sodahana pranayama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41lAWMrkMn8

Sithali pranayama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYK1wpqPUZ0

At the UBC Yoga Club we offer Kundalini yoga taught by Sat Mukh Tuesday’s at 12:30pm until 1:45pm. Through my experience of attending her classes, she integrates breathing into the practice with the goal of detoxifying the body. Her instructions on how to do these types of breaths are extremely helpful.
Our other classes such as Ashtanga and Hatha, incorporate leading breath before movements throughout the entire practice.

~ Don’t be afraid to try other classes! These exercises work wonders on your body! ~

(Pictures found:www.yogaoutlet.com, Information found: http://www.yogiclogic.com/Yoga-articles/pranayama-in-yoga.php)

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