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Breathing exercises : Keeping your lungs healthy


Breathing exercises are crucial for relaxing your flustered mind, relieving stress and lowering your tension. Breathing slowly, deeply and purposefully into your body is highly recommended. It alleviates anxiety and releases your tensed muscles. The oxygenation of the brain reduces excessive anxiety levels. Some people also experiences shortness of breath, while climbing the stairs or doing daily chores. This may be caused due to the heart and lung conditions. Your heart and lungs are responsible in transporting oxygen to your body and removing carbon dioxide, and problems with either of these processes directly affects your breathing. Full concentration on the breathing has a positive effect on your entire physical and mental state. Good breathing proficiency encourages good posture and daily practice of breathing exercise can keep you calm.


1. Nadi Shodhana or “alternate nostril breathing”

If you have office pressure to meet the deadlines or exam anxiety, devote some time everyday to practice this exercise. It actually helps you to overcome fear and panic. Alternate nostril breathing to refocus and reenergize.

Benefits :

  • Balance to both the right and left hemispheres of the brain

  • Reduction of anxiety and stress

  • Lowered heart rate to relieve tension

  • Revitalization of a tired mind and body

  • Purification of the body’s channels, so that prana, or life force energy, can travel more easily

  • Regulation of the cooling and warming cycles of the body

  • Preparation for deeper meditation

Check out the video below on “Nadi Shodhana or “alternate nostril breathing”


2. Sheetkari Pranayama

This pranayama derives its name from the hissing sound produced by the clenched teeth which is quite similar to that of a python’s breathing. It is effective in hot environment as it has a cooling effect on body. Do not try it if you are suffering from cough and cold.

Benefits :

  • Practicing this pranayama daily helps to improve memory and intelligence

  • Sheetkari pranayama helps to purify blood and refreshes the body

  • It is highly beneficial for people who lack energy and tend to feel tired during the day.

  • It helps to reduces excess heat from the body and helps in controlling negative emotions like anger and anguish

  • It provides brightness to the skin

  • It provides an immunity boost to the body and helps it to fight diseases like common cold or flu.

  • Practicing this pranayama can also provide relief from ailments related to reproductive organs and all the endocrine system.

Check the video below on ‘Sheetkari Pranayama’

3. Kapalbhati Pranayama

A purifying breathing process, it is beneficial for detoxifying your body and mind. In simple words, Kapalbhati is forceful exhalation.

Benefits :

  • Its prime physical benefits are weight loss as it works up the respiratory system as well as the abdominal muscles.

  • It helps in achieving body tone and a better physical state.

  • This pranayama cleanses the cranial sinuses and this helps in relieving from cerebral thrombosis.

  • It purifies the nerves as well as pranic channels.

  • It clears the mind and helps in controlling the thoughts which essentially leads to increased concentration, focus, and peace of mind.

  • It is the best practice to be followed to oxygenate the blood.

  • By practicing Kapalbhati Pranayama, one can regulate the breathing mechanism.

  • It improves the function of the digestive tract as well as absorption and assimilation of nutrients which is vital for better health.

  • It adds luster as well as beauty to the face and makes it more radiant.

  • It drastically reduces the risk of developing hernias.

  • It is an excellent pranayama which should be done to control the effect and reduce the damage due to diabetes. It helps in controlling blood sugar level and hence control diabetes

Check the video below on ‘Kapalbhati Pranayama



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