We are occupied the whole day accomplishing all kinds of tasks or doing our to-do list, either at our jobs or at home. Breathing happens without even noticing it. We don’t make time to breathe consciously. According to the yogic philosophy, the Pranayama is necessary to stay on track. It is used as well to stop your mind and to reduce stress. Pranayama is our life force.
What is Pranayama?
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word which means breath or life force or breath control. As a Kundalini Yoga Teacher I have studied and experienced the different yogic breath techniques and practicing them on a daily basis. Conscious breathing can definitely help you to be more connected with your inner ‘you’ and to face life difficulties with a smile. During the yoga class we use different techniques of breathing. Either we inhale and exhale through the nose, use breath of fire, canon breath, ‘sitali’ breath or other.
Different types of breathing techniques
Inhaling and exhaling through the left nostril only can help you to relax. This type of technique is ideal when you need to calm down. It can be practiced in the evening before going to sleep. Breathing in and out through the right nostril can help you to focus. You can practice it when you feel tired and you need to fulfil a task. It will help you to stay concentrated. When practicing Breath of fire you focus on pumping and therefore contracting the navel and exhaling through the nose. You’ll notice that inhaling happens automatically also through the nose. Breath of fire will help you to relief stress symptoms, supports your respiratory function, enhances concentration and focus, improves your digestion and strengthens your nervous system. Breath of fire should not be practiced during menstruation or pregnancy. Canon breath is a powerful exhalation while contracting the navel through the mouth only. The mouth keeps an ‘O’ shape. Sitali breath can be used to cool down after a dynamic yoga session. You roll your tongue and breath through the mouth and then close it and exhale through the nose. If you’re not able to roll it you can practice it with pursed lips.
It is proven that conscious breath can have a healing effect on past trauma. It helps us to feel the emotions, the pain and experience it before letting it go.