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Yogic Breathing

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Briana Saravanabavanandhan

on 15 November 2014

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Yogic Breathing
Yoga: breath control + simple meditation
Exercise 1:
Diaphragmatic Breathing
Exercise 2: Udgeeth Pranayam aka Chanting Breath
We Pranayama
pran·a·ya·ma: the regulation of the breath through certain techniques and exercises
Concentrates on:
1. exhalation
2. inhalation
3. transition
4. prana
What do we do?
prana = energy
The Science of Breathing
Sarah Novotny and Len Kravitz, Ph.D.

" Pranayama breathing has been shown to positively affect immune function, hypertension, asthma, autonomic nervous system imbalances, and psychological or stress-related disorders (Jerath et al., 2006)"

"Slow pranayama breathing techniques show the most practical and physiological benefit"

"activate the parasympathetic (inhibitory) nervous system, thus slowing certain physiological processes down that may be functioning too fast or conflicting with the homeostasis of the cells (Jerath et al., 2006)"

"Slow pranayama breathing techniques show the most practical and physiological benefit"
Sit comfortably, with your knees bent and your shoulders, head and neck relaxed
Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves out against your hand. The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.
Place a hand on your upper chest and lower rib cage.
Feel your diaphragm move as you breathe.

purse your lips

tighten your stomach muscles, letting them fall inward through

The hand on your upper chest must remain as still as possible.
COPD Foundation. COPD AND YOU.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Clevland clinic suggests to do this 5-10 minutes about 3-4 times per day.
Breathe in deeply through nose

Feel the diaphragm move down, allowing the lungs to expand and forcing the abdomen out

Feel your chest expand as your collar bones rise
Exhale very slowly while saying 'Om'

Allow your exhaling breath to carry your sound
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