I’ve begun a 40 day breathing exercise challenge. Join me! While researching a breathing exercise I read about (Sudarshan Kriya) I came across a video that described the exercise, how many rounds you should do and what time frame you should use to really learn and integrate the exercise/practice. The teacher, Anmol Mehta, states that […]
Breathing isn’t just inhaling and exhaling. What about in between? Unless you’re hyperventilating, there are spaces between breaths, both after the inhale and after the exhale. Most of the time, you won’t notice or pay attention to these spaces. But each of them has value and spending some time expanding both of the retained segments […]
What is the proper way to breathe when exercising? It’s a question that’s commonly asked in fitness forums. Now that you’ve learned breathing exercises it’s time to put what you’ve learned into exercise breathing. Breathing exercises are great but you’ll spend a much larger percentage of your life in motion and being active.
Diaphragmatic breathing is the root of all healthy breathing. Without it, all your activities, the whole of your life, is built upon a shallow and weak foundation. That sounds like a pretty bold statement and it is… and it’s also true. Diaphragmatic breathing is the engine of your inhale and a strong inhale is going […]
Is alternate nostril breathing the greatest breathing exercise? The science shows it can lower blood pressure and pulse rate(1), improves manual dexterity(2) and has a balancing effect on the functional activity of the left and right hemispheres of the brain(3). All that just from breathing!
Yoga breathing exercises sharpen your body and mind. On the physical side, they improve your intake of oxygen and tolerance for carbon dioxide, both of which help physical performance. On the mental side, they help reduce stress and anxiety and help you maintain a calm state of being.
Advancing your Deep Breathing Exercises Now that you’ve strengthened your diaphragmatic breathing, it’s time for the Yoga Complete Breath. (You have been practicing diaphragmatic breathing, right???) The belly breathing exercise is the beginning. Now we’ll add in the rest of the lung capacity.
Coughing to clean your lungs… purposely. Breathing exercises should focus on both filling and emptying your lungs. Coughing breathing exercises are a direct way to cleanse your lungs. I’ve previously talked about the Cleansing Breath exercise for lung health. In the instructions on the Cleansing Breath, I mention purposefully exhaling to the level that you cough.