Third in the series of Pranayama (yogic breathing) articles is the Kapalabhati breath. Not only does it energize the mind & body, but it increases lung capacity, removes toxins and stale air from the lungs and more. It's a lot more intense than either Ujjayi Breath or 3-Part Breath, so take care with this one and stop if you get dizzy. If practiced correctly and on an empty stomach, the benefits are varied and great. Kapalabhati (Shining Skull Breath)
Have you every held a sea shell (conch shell, specifically) to your ear and heard the rhythmic, soft sound of the ocean? The Ujjayi breath resembles that sound very much...and is soothing and deeply relaxing. This is the second article in a series of Pranayama (yogic breathing) articles.
Ujjayi (Ocean Breath)
- 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
Discard daily office tension, stress and kinks in the body
What if you could inhale fresh energy and motivation and exhale stress and tension? What if you could re-charge your afternoon with a yoga break instead of a coffee break?
Working in an office is stressful and often unhealthy for the body. We slump in front of our desks for hours, eyes glued to the computer screen, immobile and stiff. We deal with different and often difficult personalities, conflicting schedules, multi-tasking and more. We become used to going in high-gear all the time…Even if you love your job, it can be a lot to deal with. You can’t continue like this forever without negative effects to your health. By the way, most sick days are a result of stress.
So turn off the auto-pilot, slow down for a few minutes and breathe. Ready for Yoga?
Are you stuck in front of a computer all day, spending most of your day sitting in a chair, or running hectically from one meeting to the next?
It’s amazing the difference a few inconspicuous yoga poses will make in your day! And you don’t have to twist into a pretzel and have your colleagues give you strange looks – there a plenty of simple yet effective yoga moves you can do to ease tension, melt away stress and irritation.