Yoga Breathing Techniques

Interested in simple yoga breathing techniques? If so, one of the most basic yoga breathing techniques is easy and can be used by virtually anyone. However, if you have a medical condition or are on medications, it's always best to consult your doctor before using them.

The Complete Yoga Breath

The Complete Yoga Breath, also known as Lung Expansion Breath, is an easy and yet effective yoga breathing technique that is effective for stress and anxiety and has a profound effect on the nervous system. It has the ability to promote a calming effect in the body and the mind. It also has the ability to slow the heart and lower blood pressure.

  • In the relaxed position, inhale deeply through the nose, expanding the abdomen.
  • Continue inhaling gently until the air fills up the ribs and lungs, and then all the way up to the throat.
  • Hold this breath for as long as you can comfortably, making sure there is no physical tension in the neck or shoulders.
  • Slowly exhale, starting at the throat and working your way down to the ribs and then finally down to the diaphragm, expelling the last of the air by tightening up the abdomen by pulling the belly button towards your back.

You can repeat this method a few times throughout the day. Each time you do this, try to pull in more air and try to expel more air than before. Each time you practice yoga breathing techniques, you will get better and better.

Remember, even though the spiritual side of yoga isn't for everyone, the breathing techniques offer some fantastic benefits that can be used by everyone regardless of religious beliefs.

Video Example of Lung Expansion Breathing

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