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Home Yoga Info Pranayama Advanced Breathing Exercises

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Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) - Advanced Yoga Breathing
Breath is the source of life. This is the basic reason why ancient Yogis developed different Breathing Techniques, from Basic
Pranayama to Advanced Breathing Techniques. These Breathing Techniques or Pranayamas are designed to allow the free flow of
energy in the body and to purify the body's energy channels called nadis. The practice of Pranayama also ensures that every cell
in the body receives oxygen and nutrients.

The following are Advanced Pranayamas which should be practiced after a few months of performing Anuloma Viloma or
Kapalabhati without discomfort or with little effort. These Advanced Breathing Techniques are powerful tools for controlling the
flow of Prana and raising the latent Kundalini energy. You can only proceed to these techniques after you have purified yourself
physically and spiritually by practicing Asanas, Beginner's Pranayamas, Meditation and Vegetarian Diet daily for several months.
Advanced Yoga Breathing Exercises

Introduction to the Bandhas
Bandha is a Sanskrit word related to our English words "band," "bind," "bond" and "bound." Each of the Bandha
employed for prolonging breathing pauses binds air in our lungs or closes and locks the air channels so that no air
can escape or enter. This article will give you an overview of the Three Important Bandhas.

Jalandhara Bandha
Jalandhara Bandha or "chin lock" involves pressing the chin close to the chest and dropping the head to help in
maintaining immobility of muscle and air movements. It may be a difficult technique to pull off in the beginning but
with enough practice, you will be able to do it effortlessly.

Uddiyana Bandha
Uddiyana Bandha, involves raising the diaphragm and keeping it immobile during an empty pause. The abdomen
must be drawn in and up as far as possible. Sure it sounds difficult, so don't hurry up in trying to excute perfectly on
your first try. Learn how to do it correctly with the help of this article.

Moola Bandha
Those who practice Moola Bandha receive a variety of benefits by doing so like lessening the effects of ailments
such as asthma and arthritis. Aside from that, it can also be a great way of relieving depression. Those are just
some of the positive effects that you can get by practicing it so learn about it now in this article.

According to the ancient yogic text, Ujjayi can help protect you from a host of diseases by getting rid of excess
phlegm, wind or bile. Learn how to perform this challenging breathing technique by following the guidelines found
in this article.

Surya Bheda
Surya means sun, referring to the right nostril which is the path of the Pingala Nadi. When you inhale solely through
this nostril, heat is created in the body and the impurities that blocks the flow of Prana are dispelled. You may start
your practice by repeating Surya Bhedana ten times and slowly build up a to forty.

Bhastrika is primarily consists of forced rapid deep breathing which serves as a basis for many varieties of exercises,
all of which may be described by the same name. Although air is forced both in and out, the emphasis is placed
upon the expulsion or explosion of air. This section will discuss Bhastrika in further detail.

Samanu is an advanced practice for purifying the nadis that combines pranayama with chakra visualization and japa
on the bija mantras of air, fire, moon and earth. It can be achieved by following the steps listed in this article.
Read more about it.

Warning: Yoga Breathing Exercise or Pranayama are very powerful exercises. Many people experience diziness or lose
consciousness while practicing beginner or advanced Breathing Techniques. Do not rush things and practice all exercises as
slowly as you can. Perhaps ask a friend to stay with you when trying out a new technique. In addition to that, you can also sign
up for some Breathing or Yoga Classes and practice under supervision of an expert.
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