The Importance of Breathing in Yoga

I have spoken previously of the benefits that yoga can bring to one’s health. Recent research has concluded that Yoga can actually increase the life of a person. Performing yoga on a daily basis will not only provide an increase in physical strength, it will also change the perception of an individual. You will become more rational and, as a result, learn to enjoy life more.

Thus, it can be said that it pulls the energy of a person in the right direction. A lot of this success within the discipline of yoga comes from learning to able to breathe in the right way. I guess some people will be quick to dismiss this concept, thinking how hard can it be? After all we breathe automatically to stay alive, however, as you will discover in this article, it goes a lot deeper than this.

Breathing the correct way during yoga poses is crucial to the experience and success that the person carrying them out will feel.

Breathing During Yoga

You need to learn proper breathing techniques while performing yoga. It plays a very crucial role in controlling your metabolism. With the help of proper breathing techniques, fresh air reaches each cell of your body, providing you with a feeling of peace. It channelizes your hidden energy and helps you to spiritually and mentally uplift your body. It reduces the fear and makes you strong from inside.

It has been shown by scientific research that mindful breathing i.e. paying attention to your breath and learning how to manipulate it—can be one of the most effective ways to lower everyday stress levels and improve a variety of health issues ranging from mood to metabolism. Pranayama in a single shot is a physical health practice, mental health practice, and meditation. We can say that it is not just a breath training; it’s mind training that uses the breath as a vehicle. Working on your breathing can deliver you a powerful mind and other benefits.

How to Use Your Breath in the Yoga Asana Practice?

It’s good if you know how you should inhale and exhale during yoga. The priorities of breathing may differ between styles, so here I am sharing two simple guidelines for pairing your breath with the types of poses.

When bending forward, exhale:

When you are bending forward in an exercise then you should exhale. The lungs will become empty making your chest more compact and this will exert less physical mass between your upper and lower body while they move toward each other. This breathing rule will enhance the energetic effects of the pose and will help you to fold your body easily. During exhalation, the heart beat also slows down which provides the feeling of relaxation.

When lifting or opening the chest, inhale.

Some exercise provides a better chance to inhale more air. Yoga poses that lift and opens the chest are energy enhancing components. While performing heart-opening backend, you increase space in your chest cavity which gives more room to lungs, rib cage and diaphragm to fill the air. So to take maximum advantage of this, you should breathe in.

Myth: Yoga Is Not For Men

If you too feel the same then I must say that you are not on the right path. Our historical data itself proves that in early time yoga was only performed by men. Our ancestors have taken benefit from yoga for getting mental peace and relieving stress. They have used it for curing severe chronic problems. So you should not confuse yourself and waste time in wondering around the questions.

Panacea For All

With my personal experience, I must say that for me yoga has proved a panacea. It’s the best remedy for all kinds of problems either directly or indirectly associated with the body and mind. Without any doubt, it can be said that Yoga offers multiple benefits. Whilst you are working on your muscles and flexibility, it makes you spiritually and emotionally strong. It helps to circulate fresh air throughout your body and removes the toxins out of the body.

Yoga and Back Pain

Back pain is the most common kind of pain faced daily by almost everyone. Working people, housewives, sportsmen, and women or even students can suffer from it. By sitting in the same position or by lifting a heavy object, sudden pain can arise near your waist area. Sometimes the intensity of pain may be so high that you cannot even stand, sit or sleep. By performing yoga, you will become more flexible and strong which will ultimately help you to face day to day small issues.

Yoga and Chronic Pain

You might be aware that a Chronic pain is that kind of pain which lasts for more than few weeks. It may last for months and can eventually occur with the change of season. These types of pain are internal in nature on the outer surface of the body everything seems normal. Yoga can really help you to fight any kind of chronic pain. Yoga exercises are already designed in such a manner that they can directly work upon on the root cause of the problem. In particular, chronic back pain can really shatter you. Such type of pain can go unnoticed in your body for years following a severe accident in past. For example: if you have fallen down a staircase, then you can inherit chronic pain. It may happen that within few days, pain may vanish but later on the effects can be much worse. Such is the problem and complicated nature of the back why wait this long?

There might be the option of medicines, physiotherapy, surgery still you will not get the level of benefit which yoga can offer you. Without spending even a single penny, you can get rid of any type of serious chronic back pain. When you perform yoga it will affect the spine, the buttocks, and shoulders. As a result, your tensed your muscles will stretch and loosen up in areas providing you a better alignment.

Final Thoughts:

Bring the change you want to see in your life. It’s hardly going to take up a lot of your time by performing a few yoga poses every day. So don’t give any excuse to yourself that you are too busy to perform yoga. Believe me, it will become a part and parcel of your life in the later run.

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