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. We will start with the foundation of full yogic breathing – a deep and gentle breath that includes four parts – inhale, hold a full breath, exhale, and hold an empty breath. The practice of Pranayama enhances self-healing in the following areas:
- 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)
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 Tritha, who is an author, teacher, and scholar of Yoga and Vedanta, as well as an experienced practitioner of Hatha Yoga and Pranayama.