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Yoga 195 Postures and Breathing Exercises Pranayama – Basic Yoga breathing Vinyasa flow : Breathing and movement are synchronized. Belly breathing: Conscious diaphragmatic breathing is extremely relaxing to the autonomic nervous system and is essential preparation for deep meditation. Stomach rises on the inhale and falls on the exhale Kapalabhati Pranayama : Skull Shining Breath, Cleansing breath ( kapala = skull; bhati = light, luster). Benefit: This breath consists of rapid, forced exhales followed by passive inhales. It is best done at the beginning of a yoga session. Activates and invigorates the liver, spleen, pancreas and abdominal muscles Improves digestion Drains the sinuses Cools the eyes and gives a general sense of exhilaration. Simhasana Pranayama: Lion ( simha = lion) Cures foul breath and cleans the tongue Releasing tension, anger and any negative energy Anuloma Viloma Pranayama: Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique . The left nostril is the path of the Nadi called Ida and the right nostril is the path of the Nadi called Pingala. The breathing exercise uses the Vishnu Mudra (see picture below): Benefit: Produces optimum function to both sides of the brain: that is optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity. This will make both sides of the brain, the left side, which is responsible for logical thinking, and the right side, which is responsible for creative thinking to function properly. This will lead to a balance between a person's creative and logical thinking. The Yogis consider this to be the best technique to calm the mind and the Nervous System. Ujjayi Pranayama: Ocean breath, also known as Hissing Breath, Victorious Breath ( ud = upwards or superiority in rank, it also means blowing and expanding; jaya = conquest, victory, triumph or success). Ujjayi is the process in which the lungs are fully expanded and the chest is puffed out like that of a proud conqueror. Benefit: Concentrates and directs the breath, giving asana practice extra power and focus aerates the lungs, removes phlegm and gives endurance Soothes the nerves and tones the entire system
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Sitali Pranayama: Cooling Breath ( sitali = cool). Sitali breathing can be used to cool the body at the end of the yoga practice or to cool the body on a very hot day. Benefit: Cools the body Dirga Pranayama: Three-part breath focuses the attention on the present moment, calms and grounds the mind. This exercise draws air from deep down in the diaphragm all the way to the upper lungs to help oxygenate the entire system. This pranayama exercise is often done while seated in a comfortable, cross-legged position, but it is also nice to do while lying on the back, particularly at the beginning of your practice. When you are lying down, you can really feel the breath moving through your body as it makes contact with the floor.
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