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Yoga Breathing

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When you perform Yoga exercises you must implement the proper Yoga breathingYoga breathing is a skill that is mastered when it is constantly implemented and it is further an important part of the Yoga regimen.  Yoga breathing helps cleanse the body of negativity and helps the Yoga practitioner focus on the task at hand.  Further, Yoga breathing later helps the Yoga practitioner achieve clarity of mind.

The first step to performing proper Yoga breathing is to be totally and completely relaxed when performing Yoga exercises.  If you are straining yourself to do Yoga exercises than chances are you will not be able to implement Yoga breathing properly.  Thus, it is imperative to stay relaxed and focused when doing Yoga exercises—a relaxed body is primed for the relaxed Yoga breathing required for each Yoga pose.

When you begin your Yoga breathing, you should begin by filling you diaphragm with air slowly.  Take in a deep cleansing breath, through your nose and then out through your nose just as slowly when you practice your Yoga breathing.  When you breathe in deeply while practicing your Yoga breathing you are providing your body with the rich oxygen it requires.  Further, when you breathe out during your Yoga breathing, or just when you are breathing in general, you are pushing out various toxins that must be eliminated from your body.

Good posture is imperative while you are partaking in deep Yoga breathing.  With your back straight, your shoulders back and your abdomen in, you are allowing your lungs to expand to their full potential and they are therefore allowed to take in more oxygen.  Thus, when you are practicing Yoga breathing, be sure that you mind your posture!

Even if you are not doing Yoga exercises, it is a good idea to take up Yoga breathing on a fairly regular basis.  Yoga breathing can help you relax and clear your mind for what ever task you have before you.  Therefore, take a few minutes, several times a day and just sit and practice your Yoga breathing exercises.  The true benefit of Yoga breathing is that it can be done anywhere, anytime!

When you first begin practicing Yoga breathing, it is important that you do so when you are in a sitting position.  Unfortunately, when you first begin learning Yoga breathing you will find that the act is so relaxing that if you were to practice it in the prone position you are likely to fall asleep!  Therefore, until you actually master the art of Yoga breathing, you may want to partake in your Yoga breathing exercises while sitting up.

While you are practicing your Yoga breathing, you may want to sit in anyone of several Yoga positions.  Doing so will strengthen your focus on your Yoga breathing and will open your bodily energies to your attempts at healing the body.  Sit in any of the Yoga poses that you are most comfortable in, especially if this is your first time practicing Yoga and Yoga breathing.  Do not strain yourself or your muscles in your attempt to master Yoga at any time.

Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget to breathe when you are practicing Yoga breathing.  All too often the attempt to master breathing through Yoga breathing exercises leads to the individual attempt to over-control what the body already knows how to do quite naturally.  Thus, when you are learning Yoga breathing, simply do so in a natural way and don’t force air out or breathe in at a rate that makes you feel like you are hyperventilating—if you are experiencing dizziness, stop the breathing exercise and continue at a later time.