LEARN TO BREATHE

Breathing Exercises

Begin with Aum Pranayama

Stage 1 pranayama Aum Pranayama

Aum is a sound that Yoga practitioners use to tune into oneness and break down the perception of separation. There is not just one majical tone we tune into. For there are many tones present. Experiment with the sound resonance. Even in an apparently quiet room, there are sound waves with a range of frequencies. These sounds are mostly inaudible due to their low intensity. Tune into the great resonances.


Create the sound of Aum on the exhalations lengthening each time.


Use low frequencies. Deep down in your belly try to connect with the Chakra. Unite it with the sound. Allow the sound to vibrate through every cell in your body.

Do this until you feel a little fatigued. Each time you begin your breathing exercise try to go a little further with the amount of Aums you can perform.

Breathing Exercises

Perform Ujjayi Pranayama.

Stage 3
Inhale and restrict the air flow to make the sound "sssss". Keep the sound constant and smooth. Exhale make a sound with the mouth closed that sounds like "hhhhha".

Don't hold the breath yet just warm up and work on smooth sound when inhaling and exhaling. Work on the changes in breath becoming smoother and longer also. This occurs when the breath crosses from inhalations to exhalations and exhalations to inhalations.

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Do this for at least 5 minutes.

Then progress towards holding after the inhalation and then the exhalations as well. Only hold slightly or the sound quality and length will be affected negatively.

Inhale restrict the air flow to make the sound "sssss". Keep the sound constant and smooth. Work on this as it is one of the roots of the practice.

Breathing Exercise


Stage 2 pranayama Kapalabhati Pranayama
Inhale
and exhale rapidly through both nostrils blocked slightly. Control the air flow so that it enters evenly through the nostrils. One may have to be blocked more than the other to achieve the even intake of air. Don't block them too much as this will cause strain and conflict while performing the fast burst of breathing.

Perform 8 to 12 Kapalabhati inhalations and exhalations.

Kapalabhati Pranayama mp3
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Practice Aums for at least 12 breaths then.


Stage 10
Inhale restrict the air flow to make the sound "sssss". Keep the sound constant and smooth.

Pause at the top of the breath (antara kumbhaka).

Exhale and make the sound "hhhha" keeping the sound constant and smooth.

Pause at the bottom of the breath (bahya kumbhaka).


Ujjayi Pranayama mp3

Then

Stage 5 pranayama NadiSodhana Pranayama


Breathe in through the right nostril.

Exhale through the left nostril.

Inhale through the left nostril.

Exhale through the right nostril.


Nadi Sodhana Pranayama mp3

Stage 1 pranayama Bhramari Pranayama
Inhale allowing the breath to enter as easy as possible.

Exhale make a sound similar to a bee.


Bhramari Pranayama mp3


Then Lie down and perform.

Stage 2 pranayama Plavini Pranayama
Breathe in with ease.

Relax at the top of the breath for a moment without straining the heart.

Exhale with the lips pressing together. Allow a little hole so that the air can escape with only slight pressure. Pursed lip breathing.

After exhalation relax. Wait until a strong signal is sent from the nevel chakra. It feels like a spark. Catch it and inhale.

Try to lengthen the time of stillness after exhalation.

Leave a little air in the lungs after exhalation. This allows a longer duration to be achieved after exhalation as well as deeper relaxation during his time.


Plāvinī Pranayama mp3

Then rest on your back in Corpse pose for at least 5 minutes.

Do this breath as for as long as it takes to feel open through the energy flow that the breath takes. Look for blockages and remove them as you perform this pranayama. They can be opened by creating more space or by thinking the flow open with the conscious mind but first the flow of air and energy must be understood by continual observation and practice.

Based on a book by B.K.S Iyengar
Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing

Every Practitioner should have a copy. Order Now and add it to your library!


Based on a book by B.K.S Iyengar
Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing

Every Practitioner should have a copy. Order Now and add it to your library!

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