Breathing techniques

Yogic Breathing – The Way To Correct Breathing Habits


Yogic Breathing 

Most people breathe incorrectly. Once into Yoga, the people get the knowledge to breathe in a correct manner.  Yogic Breathing is a practice that is very important in today’s life as it helps correct poor breathing habits. In the situation of high stress or anger, the yogic breathing act as a tonic for it calm the nerves.

What is Yogic Breathing?

Yogic Breathing is the combination of all three basic breathing techniques i.e. abdominal breathing, thoracic breathing, and clavicular breathing. (Please read Abdominal ( Diaphragmatic breathing ) – Thoracic breathing – Clavicular breathing).

Yogic Breathing Technique

  • Lie in Shavasana on a Yoga mat or sit in either Padmasana or in Ardh-Padmasana if you find it difficult to sit in Padmasana. And if even Ardh-Padmasana seems difficult then sit in Sukhasana.
  • Start inhaling and allow the breath to be deeper and slower with little or no sound of the breath.
  • Feel the breath reaching deep into the bottom of the lungs resulting in abdominal expansion.
  • At the end of the abdominal expansion, start to expand the chest.
  • At the end of the chest expansion, inhale a little more until the expansion is felt around the base of the neck, near the collarbone.
  • Some tension will be felt in the neck muscles.
  • Upper lobes of the lungs are now also filled with the air.
  • This completes one inhalation.
  • The whole process should be in one single intake of breath without any jerk or unnecessary strain.
  • While exhaling, first relax the lower neck area and then allow the chest to contract.
  • Try to empty the lungs by drawing the abdominal wall as close to the spine as possible.
  • Again the whole process should be in one single exhale of breath.
  • Hold the breath for a few seconds at the end of exhalation.
  • This completes one round of Yogic breathing.
  • Initially, practice 5 to 10 rounds of it and gradually increase it to 10 to 15 minutes daily.
  • Relax and become aware of the natural and spontaneous breathing process.
  • Become aware of the physical body and surroundings and then gradually open the eyes.

Yogic Breathing Benefits

  • Yogic breathing allows one to gain control of the breath.
  • It helps increase oxygen intake.
  • Regular practice of Yogic Breathing will correct and deepen the natural breathing pattern.
  • Its practice is best recommended for a person who is stressed.

Also, read –

Benefits Of Slow And Deep Breathing & The Breathing Capacity Of A Person

About the author

Mahendra Kumar Vyas

Mahendra Vyas, with parental home at Jodhpur and born to Late Shri Goverdhan Lal Vyas and Shrimati Sharda Vyas, did Civil Engineering from M.B.M.Engineering College, Jodhpur. Shifted to Mumbai after completing engineering and worked with Sanjay Narang's Mars Group and Aditya Birla Group. With an inclination to spirituality and service, joined the Yoga stream and became a part of Yoga Niketan, Goregaon (west) in 2002 and since then practicing and imparting Yoga knowledge at Yoga Niketan and different corporates.

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