The Healing Powers of Yoga Breath

Introduction to The Healing Power of Yoga Breath

If you are planning of re-orienting and improving the functioning of your mind and body by optimizing the breathing process of your body, you have to do it through the practicing of a systematized Yoga breath known as Pranayama (Prana meaning breath, and yama, its cessation. Pranayama means Yoga breath, correcting and controlling one’s breath through the practice of Yoga).

A quote from Hatha Yoga Pradipika reads, “When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still." True as it is, breathing is the most vital function of human life. Practising of prefect Yoga breath or Pranayama is one of the five principles of Yoga. It aids in supplying more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, thus helping in maintaining a well-controlled balance between the mind and the body. The disciplined Yoga breath or Pranayama is also an essential requisite before you start practising the Asanas. When you master these two yogic principles, you are half-way through the journey to purification and self-discipline of your mind and body.

Yoga Breath - Learn the Art of Breathing the Yoga Way

Day by day, the lifestyle of this century is becoming too hectic and there are ever-increasing incidences of cardio-vascular and neurological disorders. Maintaining a sound health is not about gulping down a handful of different pills for different diseases every day. We have forgotten that the causes or possibilities of the disease should be treated from within, not externally.

Yoga Breath is the way of reprogramming your natural breathing technique to treat the root causes of these diseases from within and preventing the recurrence of such conditions.

With Pranayama and Yoga breath, you can increase the intake of oxygen up to five times, the full capacity of our lungs which otherwise we never utilize due to our sedentary lifestyles and other lifestyle disorders. The technique is known as “Full Yogic breath” or simply Yoga breath.

Stages of Yoga Breath

  • Inhalation or puraka, fills the lungs with air which in turn stimulates the whole body.
  • Retention or kumbhaka raises the body temperature and thus more oxygen is absorbed.
  • Exhalation or rechaka where the diaphragm is returned to its original position making the toxic air purge into the atmosphere.

Benefits of Yogic Breathing

  • Releases chronic muscular tensions in the cardio-vascular and digestive organs.
  • Helps treatment of respiratory diseases like asthma and emphysema and shortness of breath by increasing lung capacity.
  • Aids in proper nervous stimulus to the cardio-vascular system
  • Reduces nervous problems and emotional and nervous anxiety.
  • Detoxifies the system through increased inhalation and exhalation process.
  • Increases the distribution of energy to the endocrine system and thus helps in proper functioning of the auto-immune system.

Types of Yoga breath (Pranayama)

  • Rhythmic breathing and deep breathing harmonizes the body with the breath
  • Anulom Vilom  is the ideal Pranayama for Healthy Heart
  • Kapalabhati is ideal as a yoga breath exercise for respiratory system which also helps in boosting memory
  • Agnisar takes care of the digestive organs/intestines.
  • Bhastrika is for the nose, chest and also helps in curing Asthma
  • Surya Bhedi for warming up the body system
  • Chandra Bhedi for cooling the body in summer
  • Ujjayi helps in curing asthma, cough, cold and diseases of nose and ears
  • Bhramri Pranayama is for blood circulation and for diseases of thyroid glands
  • Shitali Pranayama has a cooling effect and Shitkari Pranayama has a soothing effect on the whole system of the body.