Rhythmic yoga breathing

Rhythmic yoga breathing

Rhythmic yoga breathing 

Pranayama Yoga is the science which deals with the use of the breath as a means to absorb energy and move it through and around the nervous system in what is known as Pranayama Kosha, our energy body. Physiologically, the use of breathing techniques automatically raises the oxygen level in our bloodstream, stimulating rejuvenation of all body and brain cells. This Pranayama is neither difficult nor dangerous and hence is conducive for one and all to practice it.

Rhythmic yoga breathing has two variations:

1.    First, the inhalation takes the same time as exhalation
2.    Second, the two take the same amount of time but there is a pause between inhalation and exhalation that is equal to half of the time each take.
For this type of breathing, it is important to concentrate mentally before becoming used to the rhythm.

Yoga students and teachers often time their breathing according to the rate of their heartbeats - these will differ from person to person. It's important to adapt the breathing to one’s own desired rhythm and this must be done only after a moment of relaxation.

To check the heartbeats, the pulse must be taken while one counts from one to six. The calculation must be repeated until the rhythm is firmly fixed in the mind. This type of breathing can help achieve control of the nerves.

So how do we do Rhythmic yoga breathing? When performing the first variation of the breathing pattern?

•    Be seated cross-legged holding the chest, neck, and head in a straight vertical line, with hands-on knees (this can be done lying on the back also).
•    Inhale as incomplete Yogic breathing counting six heartbeats.
•    Then slowly exhale through the nostrils, again counting to six.
•    Repeat this exercise several times.
For the second variation, the posture remains the same.
•    Once inhaled and counted from one to six, hold the breath from one to three.
•    Now exhale counting from one to six again.
•    Remain without breathing to a count of three.
•    Then start to inhale again.
Needless to mention, it is important to have proper guidance of a Yoga teacher to decide the number and duration of exercises.

Beginners should concentrate specifically on acquiring a Rhythmic breathing pattern without straining, to prolong the duration of inhalation and exhalation. Only after long practices will one be able to count up to sixteen beats instead of six!
Practicing this type of breathing will eventually enable communicate soothing Rhythmic vibrations across the whole body. In that, one will be able to feel that each inhalation is filled with calmness and each exhalation transmitting it to the tiniest fibers in the body – this happens once Rhythmic breathing becomes ‘automatic’!
This wave of calmness needs to be absorbed consciously with each breath. This will make the whole body rhythmic and harmonious directing all the molecules in the body to tend to move in the same direction.

How does Rhythmic breathing help?

An exhausted body revives and the most tired frayed nerve calms down! A genuine rest, better even than that of sleep, can be experienced because it is acquired consciously. A relaxed facial expression will only soften the wrinkles and the features. A new life flows through the body as one sleeps better.

Rhythmic breathing brings health to the mind, body, and soul. It allows more oxygen into the body, relieving the aging of muscles, helps re-establish the equilibrium of the nervous and neuro-vegetal systems. It also eliminates anxiety by acting on the sympathetic nerve and the thalamus (interior region of the brain).

Pranayama is one of the main exercises in the maintenance of the life-process and its perfect equilibrium – in that Rhythmic breathing helps a long way!


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