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Meditation Techniques: Yoga Breathing and Guided Meditation

What is Yoga Breathing?

an Excerpt from Mindful Being towards Mindful Living (AoL Book #4) by Nataša Nuit Pantović

Deep Breathing Exercises: Diaphragmic, Abdominal, or Belly Breathing

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With this Deep Breathing Exercise called Yoga Breathing we exercise the proper breathing. Yoga Breathing is an excellent tool to reduce the stress and enter .

We often take shallow breaths, or breath through the mouth and our diaphragm is used rarely.  We often use just a fraction of our and our bodies do not get enough oxygen.  With Yoga Breathing we exercise the proper breathing.  

With Yoga Breathing we take the oxygen into the solar plexus. We are conscious of our breath and we take deep breaths, through the nose.  This type of breathing strengthens the body and increases the supply of oxygen to the brain

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 breathing is a wonderful self-development tool that improves overall .  It can be done anytime and at all times.  Practice it in the office, practice it walking, practice it cooking!

Just remember, breath consciously and come back to this exercise often.

Deep Breathing Exercises: Yoga Breathing Rhythm 

Yoga Breath is done with the following rhythm:

7 - 1 - 7 - 1

7 (seconds or heart beats) for inhalation - 1 (retention) - 7 (exhalation) - 1 (retention)

Body Position for Yoga Breathing

If you are sitting cross-legged, keep your shoulders relaxed.  If you are a beginner, sit on a cushion, it will lift your hips and make it easier to keep the back erect.  While sitting, make an effort to align your head, neck, and spine, so that the spine is perfectly straight.  Head will be slightly tilted forward, and the hips will be pushed slightly forward.  Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. 

Breath in pushing the air into your stomach, feeling the stomach expand.  The oxygen goes into the lowest part of your lungs, then the middle, and then the top.  Your chest and abdomen will expand.  Breathing slowly and deeply brings oxygen to the lowest part of your lungs and exercises your diaphragm.

During an inhalation, your diaphragm will move downwards.  During an exhalation, your diaphragm moves up, compressing the lungs and pushing air out.

Deep Breathing Exercising: Breath is Life

A myth tells us that we are all given a number of breaths to ‘spend’ during our life-time and that it is up to us to ‘use them wisely.  More stressed we are, faster we breath, faster we breath, un-healthier we are and shorter we live… 

The yoga breathing teaches us to breathe through the nose, to lengthen our exhalation, increasing our physical and mental health.

Practice and this will become your normal breathing, requiring no particular effort.

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Deep Breathing Exercises: Alternate Nostril Breathing 

Alternate Nostril Breathing is a Yoga Breathing Technique developed over 1,000s of years.  Many yoga teachers, gurus and practitioners recomend this spiritual tool, as an exercise to balance the left and right side of the brain.

Guided Meditation: Yoga Breathing

Yoga Breathing Exercises 

Yoga Breathing Quotes

Pranayama While Walking

'Walk with head up, shoulders back and with chest expanded. Inhale slowly through both nostrils counting OM mentally 3 times, one count for each step. Then retain the breath till you count 12 OMs. Then exhale slowly through both nostrils till you count 6 OMs. Take the respiratory pause or rest after one Pranayama counting 12 OMs. If you find it difficult to count OM with each step, count OM without having any concern with the steps.'

Swami Sivananda About Walking and Pranayama

Pranayama in Savasana

'Lie down on the back, quiet at ease, over a blanket. Keep the hands on the ground by the side and legs straight. The heels should be kept together, but the toes can remain a little apart. Relax all the muscles and the nerves. Draw the breath slowly without making any noise, through both nostrils. Retain the breath as long as you can do it with comfort. Then exhale slowly through both nostrils. Repeat the process 12 times in the morning and 12 times in the evening. Chant OM mentally during the practice.'

Swami Sivananda About Pranayama, Deep Breathing

Rhythmical Breathing

'The breathing in men and women is very irregular. If the units of exhalation and inhalation are the same, you will have rhythmical breathing. If you inhale till you count 6 OMs, exhale also till you count 6 OMs. This is breathing in and out in a measured manner. This will harmonise the whole system. This will harmonise the physical body, mind, Indriyas and will soothe the tired nerves. You will experience full repose and calmness.

There is another variety of modification of rhythmic breathing. Inhale slowly through both nostrils for 4 OMs; retain the breath for 8 OMs (internal Kumbhaka); exhale slowly through both nostrils for 4 OMs; and retain the breath outside (external Kumbhaka) for 8 OMs.

Repeat the above process a number of times according to your strength and capacity. You can gradually increase the duration of inhalation and exhalation after some practice of 8 OMs and the period between breaths to 16 OMs. But never try to increase the duration until you are sure that you have power and strength to do so. You must experience joy and pleasure in doing the same.'

Swami Sivananda About Yoga Breathing and Rhythmic Breathing and Meditation 

Online Guided Meditations by Nataša


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Conscious Breathing


Secrets of Meditation by Nuit


 How to Meditate? Simple Steps

What is Spirituality? 

Yoga Breathing is an integral part of our set of Mindfulness Exercises.  

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Mindfulness works with continuous awareness of body, breath; feelings, thoughts, intentions, images.  We created a set of Mindfulness Exercises to help you within your Spiritual Journey.

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