Updated: Aug 20, 2022
Pranayama is control of the breath. In Sanskrit, “prana” means life energy and “yama” means control. Pranayama can be performed utilizing various patterns and techniques. It is considered to be the fourth limb of yoga and a vital part of our practice teaching us to link the breath to movement. The breath becomes our guide as it tames sensation and wandering thoughts.
Calms the mind
Improves lung function
Lowers heart rate
Also Known As
How To Do It
Oceanic Breath Victorious Breath
Inhale deeply through the nose. Pause at the top and gently exhale constricting the throat to create a resistance.
Roll your tongue until the sides touch forming a straw. If you can't curl your tongue, smile with the teeth exposed keeping the tongue flat. Draw a long sip of air on the inhale. Closing the mouth and exhaling through the nose.
Box Breath 4-7-8 Breath Square Breathing
Heightens performance and concentration
Slowly exhale. Inhale, counting to 4, hold for 7, exhale for 8. Pattern of breathing times can be adjusted.
Quiet and stills the mind
Exhale. Pinching off the right nostril with your thumb, inhale deeply through the left nostril. Pause. Using the ring finger, seal off the left nostril to exhale through the right. Continue in this pattern of alternating nostrils.