Breathing in Yoga

Yoga practice includes deep breathing. Breathing is life and Yoga is one of its fundamental principles. Breathing is the first act performed by human beings in the world, and will be the last. Breathing is the energetic support of all other bodily functions. Depending on our breath our way of life is decided. The first objective of Yoga is to restore the natural, balanced and harmonious breathing that often has been impaired by blockages arising from emotional, intellectual and physical stresses.

Recovering natural, balanced and harmonious breathing is not trying to change the usual set patterns, but rather allowing the respiratory drive to work freely and smoothly. To do this, the best way is to adopt the attitude of mere observer of the breathing process. Do not try anything, but allow the lungs to breathe for themselves. They know how to do according to the needs of each moment and through passive observation you can consciously experience the process.



Breath Types

Basically there are three types of breathing:

  • Vitalizante

It is the active breathing in which expiration is shorter and inspiration is passive, powerful and slow.

  • Tranquilizer

Expiration is passive, slow and long, while inspiration is active.

  • Equilibrante

the duration of inspiration and expiration is practically the same or very similar.


Breathing and Mind

Breath and mind are deeply interconnected affecting each other. When mental activity is altered, immediately changes occur in the breathing process. Conversely, when changes occur in the respiratory process leading to changes in the psycho-emotional state. A stirred shallow breathing is associated with an altered mental-emotional state. While a slow and balanced breathing provides physical relaxation, emotional stability and mental serenity. If you set the pace and volume of respiration then it is possible to eliminate the disharmony that may exist in the physical, emotional and mental levels. It is simply slower, rhythmic and deep to get a new situation of stability and relaxation breathing. Inhale activates the sympathetic autonomic nervous system. Exhale activates the parasympathetic autonomic nervous system.

Guidelines for proper breathing

  • Inhale and exhale through the nose.
  • Rhythmic, slow, deep breaths.
  • Do not force the breath.
  • Allow naturally equalize inhalation and exhalation.
  • Respect the natural impulse of breathing.
  • Adapt the movements of the diaphragm to be raised to expel air and descend upon receipt. The opposite is a breath changed.
  • Involves three areas: clavicular, pulmonary and diaphragmatic according to each technique.

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The practice of Pranayama positive influence on all structures of the human being.

  • Improves oxygen uptake and removal of carbon dioxide.
  • Balances blood PH
  • Purify the airways and lungs by increasing its circulation.
  • Invigorates the heart, nervous system and brain.
  • Withholdings during cellular respiration is stimulated.
  • Classical Yoga texts say that regular practice prevents and cures many diseases.
  • Purify the veins and dissolves energy blockages.
  • Significantly increases energy levels.
  • Balances the vital and mental energy.
  • It stimulates intellectual performance by providing mental clarity.
  • Induces a deep state of calm and serenity.




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