One of the most precious gifts which the Vedic traditions of India have given to this world is the science of Pranayam. This breathing technique is not only limited to inhaling oxygen but is a subtle life-force energy that influences the flow of positivity in our body. It implies the enlightenment of ‘prana’, a vital life energy without which we are characterized as being dead. Pranayam, if practiced regularly, can keep our organs functioning properly and increase the flow of ‘pranas’ within us. Although there are a number of breathing techniques or Pranayamas which allow us to use Prana in different ways, we will talk about the three highly effective breathing exercises that can help calm the mind and increase energy levels inside the body. You can practice these techniques at yoga resorts in North India including Rakkh Resort.
1. Alternate Nostril Breathing
Alternate Nostril Breathing or Nadi Shodhana is an ancient practice used to calm the body and mind. A wonderful technique, often used before settling into meditation, it takes focus to prevent getting confused and remember where you are in the process. To get started, you need to raise the right hand and curl your middle and index fingers into your palm. Keep your pinkie finger, thumb, and ring finger uncurled to position your hand in Mrigi Mudra. While pressing your pinkie finger firmly against your left nostril, unblock your right nostril and breathe in and out. Next, block your right nostril and release the left side of the nose. Inhale and exhale through the left nostril and continue this process, alternately breathing through each nostril. If you are a starter and wish to gain expertise in this pranayama, visit Rakkh Resort, Himachal, one of the best meditation resort in India. The resort is home to many famous yoga gurus who specializes in various kinds of Pranayam and help people adopt these effective techniques in their daily lives.
2. Ujjayi Breath
Ujjayi Breath is among the most common techniques to calm the mind and nervous system. When practicing this breathing technique, you have to breathe through your nose by completely filling your lungs with oxygen and slightly contracting your throat. Ujjayi is used throughout Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga practices. To practice Ujjayi breathing, you need to inhale and exhale through the nose. Also, drag the breath along the back of your throat to create a gentle hissing sound that feels like sipping a cool drink through a straw. If you are able to control your breath through this pranayama, you will be able to enhance your emotional health and stay calm even in tough situations.
3. Sun Breath
Ancient yogis used to awaken solar energy in their bodies through the technique of Sun Breath. According to yogic tradition in India, the sun breath is the main cause of courage, determination, and strength in the body. To start this technique, begin with a comfortable seat position or a mountain pose with spine long and upright back. Relax your body and take complete breaths using the full capacity of your lungs. Next, inhale and raise your arms out to the sides and overhead, bringing your palms together. Then exhale and draw your palms down your midline until your thumbs rest at the center of your chest. Repeat this process for several rounds. At last, relax your body and soften your breath, and place one hand on your belly and the other hand on your chest to connect with the warmth of your own internal flame.
Although there are a number of breathing techniques that can stimulate a healthy body, it is extremely important to practice them in the right way, especially if you have a respiratory condition such as emphysema and asthma. Also, make sure that you attempt any pranayama in the guidance of a qualified teacher until you gain complete knowledge. Practicing pranayama and other yoga techniques can be a wonderful experience, especially if you are in a completely dedicated and serene environment like Rakkh’s yoga resort in North India.
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