Welcome to our first video about meditation and yoga exercises. What we are going to talk about today is breathe. There are many different theories on yoga breathing and there are many types of breathing exercises used in yoga depending on the yoga teacher and what benefits you are trying to accomplish with the breathing.
What I’m going to show you is the kind of breathing exercise that I use regularly and I find is the helpful for me to enter a meditative state and also for relaxing and relieving anxiety.
This is how it goes….
Get yourself into a nice relaxing position, this can be done sitting down, it can be done standing up or it can be done lying on your back.
For many people, especially people just starting out in yoga lying on your back is probably the easiest way.
This is how it’s done….
First, you want to breathe in through your nose, you want to visualize and feel your breathe go up and across the back of your head, down the spine all the way down to the tail bone. Then when you exhale, you squeeze the breath from the tail bone up your spine, up across the head and out the nose.
There are many who say that you should exhale through your mouth and breathe in through the nose. I find it’s better to inhale and exhale through the nose.
Again, close your eyes relax, start to breathe in through the nose. Visualize the breath traveling up the nose, over the top of the head and down the spine, all the way to the tail bone. Feel the tail bone expand. Hold for a count of 2 and then exhale by squeezing the tail bone and visualize the breath rising up the back of the spine and across the top of the head and then out the nose. Squeeze the breath out and hold for a 2 count. Then repeat.
You want to do this about 20 times to begin with. This will take you about 5 to 10 minutes. Try to do this a couple times a day.
I like to do this exercise once in the morning when I wake up. In fact I usually do this exercise before I get out of bed in the morning. I also do the exercise before I go to sleep at night. This helps me to get good nights sleep. I also find time to do this exercise once during the day.
This exercise relaxes the body and stills the mind. It will help to improve your concentration throughout the day. It helps to improve your attitude and your emotional state. You will feel relaxed and in control.
This breathing exercise will also prepare you for more yoga exercises and helps to enter meditative states, making your meditation more productive. These will be in future videos that we will be bringing you.
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