Relax, Revitalize, Renew with Simple, Invisible Technique

Taken for granted, misused and abused, forgotten and ignored….the breath that is life giving, if put to proper use with Pranayama (yogic breathing) can help:

  • Eliminate stress, anxiety, irritation, and anger
  • Reduce depression, insomnia and general fatigue
  • Improve blood circulation, lung capacity, digestion & elimination
  • Strengthen abdominal, diaphragm and chest muscles
  • Strengthen heart and lungs, improve lung capacity

It is impossible to list all the benefits of Pranayama…but above are some of the most powerful and impressive ones.   This is the first in a series of Pranayama (yogic breathing) articles.  I will describe one Pranayama exercise per article.

The term Pranayama comes from 2 Sanskrit words: Prana (life force or vital energy) and ayama (control).  So Pranayama is actually much more than a breathing technique, it is a control and increase of life force and energy itself, using this energy to create health in body, mind and spirit.

Complete Breath (3-Part Breath)

  1. Find either a comfortable seated position with the spine straight, or lie down on your back.
  2. Take a few deep breaths, relax the body, relax the mind.
  3. Take a slow and steady inhalation into the 3 chambers of the lungs
    • Abdominal (feel the lower belly expand)
    • Thoracic (feel the lower ribcage expand)
    • Clavicular (feel the upper chest and shoulders expand)
  1. Reverse and exhale slowly and steadily, emptying the lungs from top to bottom.
  2. Make the exhalation complete by pressing the belly button into the spine to squeeze all remaining air out.
  3. Empty the mind completely, and just focus on the sensation of the breath.
  4. Do at least 5 minutes, going up to ½ hour when feeling comfortable enough.

Benefits: relaxes body and mind, strengthens abdominal, diaphragm and chest muscles as well as heart and lungs.  Aids digestion and meditation, revitalizes entire system.

Contraindications: recent abdominal or lung surgery, full stomach.

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I created this site because I believe in the individual - in you, to have the power to change your health. Your holistic health. It's usually easiest to start with the body. But without developing the mind and spirit, one's perspective and outlook on life and oneself, the body will keep on breaking. All three are linked. Love your body and being, they really deserves it. I have a passion for researching the latest in mind/body medicine, and have done so for years. I quit a full time job at a large corporation to devote myself to this. I update this blog regularly, so keep checking back. Do send me a note (namaste8@gmail.com), I will be happy to receive your comments.

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