Yoga breathing, to gain awareness day after day of our way of moving and controlling our body. Consequently our thoughts too. With the yoga breathing you learn to listen to yourself, understanding if we are relaxed and calm or anxious and worried. In the second case, breathing can be tiring, noisy or irregular: an important “alert” for begin to find harmony.
It is based on a rhythmic breath control, it is essential for those who practice yoga but also important for those who, without doing yoga, want increase the degree of awareness of one's body and one's feelings. To achieve a state of authentic relaxation, good breathing is essential and yoga breathing can help a lot.
Exist three different types of breathing, the abdominal, thoracic and clavicular ones. The first, also called diaphragmatic, is the one in which the lungs expand the most and ensures that good oxygenation of the arterial blood also takes place.
Breathing thoracic makes the rib cage expand less, when the air is then exhaled, the intercostal muscles contract, in that clavicular there is even less air entering the body, so there is only superficial ventilation of the upper part of the lungs. It is the worst breathing, it can also lead to psycho-somatic dysfunctions and pathologies, it is certainly not the yoga breathing.
Yoga breathing: techniques
The techniques that relate to yoga breathing are based on a rhythmic control of the process, in four phases: inhalation and exhalation, with two intervals in which the breath is held. Thus we get to take slow, deep and rhythmic breaths that help concentration, in order to make us more and more able to control our mind and our emotions. With yoga breathing, the body prepares for the meditation activity.
Yoga breathing: exercises
It is important to put yourself in a correct position to learn this breathing, otherwise the results do not come. So let's take a soft mat and sit cross-legged. The back must be straight and we check that the head is aligned with the spine, the head and shoulders must be relaxed.
In words it sounds simple but it will take numerous attempts to being able to respect these indications in detail, especially the first few times if you are not very aware of the tensions in the body. Once in position, we get on our knees and begin to feel like we breathe trying to catch the breath of the air that enters and exits through the nostrils. When we feel it is relaxed and regular, we can count your breathing cycles
Yoga breathing against anxiety
For some, that against anxiety is a continuous struggle and yoga breathing from a great hand to never give up. Moreover there are no age limits to learn and practice it. It is an excellent remedy for anxiety and also has other advantages: it helps eliminate toxins from the body, improves blood circulation, facilitates digestive processes, strengthens the immune system and promotes concentration. More details in DVD by Maurizio Morelli also available on Amazon, "Yoga breathing against anxiety and stress " to 13 euros.
Yoga breathing for sleep
If it relaxes, it also helps to fall asleep, logical and very interesting for those who have problems in the evening and from being agitated she cannot go to bed and sleep. Instead of rolling over in bed no longer knowing what to read or what to think, she can practice yoga breathing that relaxes her both physical and emotional tensions.
Yoga itself has positions that are considered particularly suitable to accompany us in a good night's rest. The Savasana position is recommended in case of insomnia but the simple posture, or Sukhasana, and the head-to-knee posture, also known as Janu Sirsasana, can also be helpful.
Circular yoga breathing
When we talk about circular breathing, we refer to that in which there are no moments of apnea between inhalation and exhalation. It is a continuous flow that helps to harmonize the body and mind thus releasing the even hidden potential of each individual.
Ujjayi Yoga Breathing
With this term indicates the breath of the victorious, so called because it recalls the posture of a warrior when he expands the chest and is also a bit noisy.
With Ujjayi breathing you access unlimited energy, the body becomes more fluid and the muscles stretch more easily. It can also happen that this technique helps concentration and has a warming effect, it certainly calms the nervous system and fights insomnia. It is often recommended for those suffering from hypertension.
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