You will learn the basic techniques of Pranayama to maximize the free flow of vital energy, both within and around the body and mind system. The Yogic breathing technique is a safe entry into the practice of Pranayama with following benefits:
- Improved lung capacity
- Increased energy
- Lower blood pressure
- Enhance cognitive thinking
- Rebalance the two hemispheres of the brain
- Improved postures (release neck and upper back tensions, and hunched shoulders)
The full yogic breathing is a continuous, comfortable and deep breathing, which involves the smooth movements in the diaphragm, pelvic floor, intercostal, abdominal and back muscles. The full yogic breathing consists of four parts – inhalation, holding a full breath, exhalation, and holding an empty breath. Instead of forcing the breathing movement, we develop awareness of the flow of energy during the breathing.
Let us start by trying the simple and safe Cotton Ball Breathing, provided at the end of this page, which is a simple self-healing technique that anyone can practise at any time. It was instructed by Swami Haribrahmendranadna Tirtha, who is an author, teacher, and scholar of Yoga and Vedanta, as well as an experienced practitioner of Hatha Yoga and Pranayama.