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Yoga and Pranayama ( Breathing) Infocenter

"A more useful science than the science of respiration, a more beneficial science than the science of respiration, a greater friend than the science of respiration has never been seen nor heard." – Shivagama

"Breathing may be considered the most important of all the functions of the body, for, indeed, all the other functions depend upon it." - Ramacharaka: Hindu-Yogi Science of Breath

"Pranayama is what heart is to the human body." - B.K. Iyengar: Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Table of Contents

Importance Of Breathing
bulletWhy Is Oxygen So Vital?
bulletImportance of Healthy Breathing
bulletWhat's Wrong With The Way We Breathe?
bulletWhy Is Our Breath Fast and Shallow?
bulletThe Effects of Shallow Breathing
bulletImportance of Breathing Through The Nose
bulletSummary: Benefits of Deep Breathing

Anatomy Of Breathing

bulletStages in Breathing
bulletKinds of Breathing
bulletOrgans of Breathing
bulletProcesses in Breathing
bulletRespiration
bulletOxygenation
bulletRegulation

Pranayama: The Breathing Exercises of Yoga

bulletPrana
bulletPrana and Consciousness
bulletThe Forms of Prana
bulletPrana and Apana
bulletAgni, the Fire of Life
The Complete Breath
bulletHigh breathing
bulletLow breathing
bulletMiddle breathing
bulletComplete breath
Learning to Breathe Correctly

Your First Deep Breath

The Four Stages of Breathing - Description

bulletPuraka (Inhalation):
bulletAbhyantara Kumbhaka (Pause After Inhaling)
bulletRechaka (Exhalation)
bulletBahya Kumbhaka (Pause After Exhaling)
Arrested and Resting Breath
bulletTechniques or Aids To Prolong Pauses
Kevala kumbhaka

Safety of Breathing Exercises

Patterns of Rest Between Inhalation and Exhalation

Importance of Exhalation or Breathing Out In Yoga

Breathing Exercises

bulletA Breathing Exercise for Good Posture
bulletDeep Breathing
bulletRhythmic Breathing
bulletThe Retained Breath Exercise
bulletNadi Sodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
bulletSurya-Bhedana (Right-nostril breathing)
bulletUjjayi (The "loud breathing")
bulletThe Walking Breathing Exercise
bulletSitkari (Teeth hissing)
bulletSitali (Tongue hissing)
bulletThe Cleansing Breath
bulletBhastrika (Bellows)
bulletKapalabhati (Cleaning Breath)
bulletBhramari (Nasal snoring)
bulletMurcha (Swooning)
bulletPlavini (Floating)
bulletTaoist Relaxation Yoga

 

 

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