Breathing

Amplify Your Immunity and Defeat Corona Virus – The Yogic Way

I have been receiving many requests to release blogs or suggest practices to counter the ongoing threatening epidemic ‘Corona Virus’, which has brought the World to a standstill. How would it evolve in few days? – we do not know. What we know, however, is that a strong Immunity can help protect us from this …

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Puffing your chest enhances ‘Breath Retention’ during Pranayam

The popular Hindi idiom “garv se chati phul jana’ has both literal as well as figurative connotations. Figuratively, it signifies a ‘victory over the strains and tribulations of life’. Literally, it means expanding or bulging your chest up to the maximum during inhalation. The term Pranayma consists of prana + ayama i.e. ‘lengthening of your …

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Why Thoracic / Chest Breathing is a must to avoid back pain……

The abdomen needs to remain soft to assist ‘abdominal breathing’. This necessitates ‘locked position’ at the thorax region, which, in turn, restricts the movement of the thoracic area and thereby leads to back slouching with the repeated practice of abdominal breathing. Not only that, this one-dimensional breathing technique fails to engage intercostal muscles which are …

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‘Abdominal Breathing leads to back pain’

This constant complaints from both my novice and long practicing students was becoming a matter of concern for a while now. In fact, many who practice ‘Kapalbhati’ also complain about back pain. Kapalbhati is also an abdominal breathing. Hence some connection did seem to exist between back pain and abdominal breathing. Yogic world swears by …

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Two simple stretches to counter your ‘Slouch & Reclaim your Lungs’

Sitting too much – be it at a desk bound job, students studying on their study table or being on your devices, all have led to a serious common hazard – ‘A Revised Breathing Pattern.’ Man, who was born a deep breather has slowly yet steadily transformed into a ‘shallow breather’ and thus a ‘reduced …

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Thorough cleansing of the respiratory passage to ensure smooth flow of pure & warm air into your lungs.

Nature has installed a meticulous filtration process in our Respiratory Passage. But, this meticulous installation seems to be rendered ineffectual due to the high pollution level especially in urban cities. The result has been life altering effects on the human body.  Medical conditions which were considered hereditary in nature have made their way into the …

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Criticality of ‘Retaining’ vs ‘Holding’ of Breath in Pranayama

‘No physical exercise can even have one hundredth of the efficacy of Pranayama’– state the traditional yogic scriptures. I believed the statement in its complete entirety yet failed to reach even close to that enthrallment with my own practice of Pranayama. It turned out more of a ‘stress’ than a ‘stress relieving tool’ for me. …

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Transforming your lifespan of a SHREW to the lifespan of a TORTOISE

The faster we breathe, the faster we die. Scientists have observed and pondered over a particularly queer aspect of certain mammals – the slower they breath, the longer they tend to live. A shrew and a tortoise are the most common being who exemplify this fact – that breathing is directly related to longevity. The …

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Ujjayi – Graduating from Breathing to Pranayama

The flow of respiration can be equated with the rhythm of a pendulum. A pendulum does pause, though for just a fraction of a second, before reversing and so does our breath during its transition from inhalation to exhalation and vice versa. This ‘PAUSE’ can be termed ‘KUMBHAK’. Kumbhak or Breath Retention, in Yoga, is …

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