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  • Sudhir Mooray

Yogic breathing

During the course of the day we are breathing unconsciously. It is an automated process controlled by the Medulla oblongata ( top of the spine and lower part of the brain). And we are likely to inhale half a litre of air in this breath.

A full conscious yogic breath can take in almost 4.5 litres of air! That's nine times more air, that's nine times more oxygen. And guess what? what is the organ that needs more oxygen? Yes you guessed right..its the brain.

Its also controlled by the prefrontal cortex of the brain and allows you to calm down.

So what is a full yogic breath?

Sitting nice and tall with the spine straight, inhale through the nostrils,to fill the lower part of the lungs(belly) initially and then the upper part ( thoracic and calvicular) to finish the in breath. Remember its just a natural breath, no need to force the breath. Exhale first part from the upper part and then the lower.

If there is any discomfort, stop and just go back to what is natural.

Over time include a mental count to the inhale and exhale,

and slowly increase the count.

This can be done as often as possible.

In the yogic philosophy the breath is the carrier of 'prana' the life force within us.


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