pranayama

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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Ease Breathlessness during Pregnancy with Yoga

Shortness of breath or breathlessness (towards the end of pregnancy or while lying down) is common during the last trimester. One reason, definitely, is ‘the changing body structure’ but the other invisible reason is the hormonal changes which leads to ‘mood swings’ and gets directly manifested into your breathing pattern. Nadi Shodhan Kriya or Alternate …

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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…. Why it is most recommended to counter High BP?

According to a study conducted in the Department of Physiology, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PSGIMS R), Coimbatore, India, Ujjayi Pranayama and Shavasana significantly decreased the heart rate (HR), the systolic blood pressure (SP) and diastolic blood pressure (DP) with a p value of < 0.0001 just after 6 weeks of yoga practice. …

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Jump start your day with the Psychic Supercharger – Suryabhedan

The ‘Tamas’ (lethargic) can dominate your persona and make it almost impossible to start your day on a high note. The yogic way, to overcome this everyday challenge to transform Tamas into Rajas, is to practice just a few rounds of Suryabhedan in the bed itself before starting your day. Suryabhedan Pranayam is one of …

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NOSTRIL breathing or MOUTH breathing? – The ‘Yogic’ Recommendation!!

‘Nasal passage’ – a term most of us would have come across, repeatedly, during our yoga sessions. Unless, particularly, specified by the teacher, using the ‘nasal passage’ for breathing is the ‘rule of the thumb’ in the ideology of YOGA. Hence, whether it is normal breathing or pranayama, breath has to be through the nostrils. …

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