Keeping our lungs healthy is of paramount importance during Covid-19 pandemic.
Here are 3 simple pranayama techniques you can do everyday as part of your yoga practice to strengthen and boost internal health and breath.
BKS Iyengar practicing pranayama
SURYA BHEDANA (Right nostril breathing)
Surya Bheda Pranayama is one of the most important pranayams mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a bible for yoga practice. The meaning of “Surya” is Sun and the meaning of the word “Bhedana” is piercing or to break through. This technique increases the efficiency of the bodys nervous and digestive systems.
- Surya Bhedana Pranayama cures all diseases that are caused by insufficiency of oxygen in the blood.
- It cleanses the frontal sinuses.It is the best breathing exercise for cold and cough, Asthma and other respiratory problems.
- It destroys intestinal worms and helps cure flatulence.
- It generates a lot of energy in the body.
- Helps increase the digestive fire.
- Useful in Leucoderma and other skin related problems.
- Good for people with low blood pressure.
How it is done -
- Sit comfortably cross legged or on a straight backed chair.
- Keep your head and spine erect and eyes closed.
- Close your left nostril with your ring and little finger of the right hand. (Using the Mrigi mudra - here the ring and little fingers are used together as one, the middle and index fingers are folded into the palm and the thumb is as is.)
- Now breathe in (inhale) slowly and deeply through your right nostril.
- Then, close your right nostril with the thumb of the same right hand.
- Then exhale slowly through your left nostril, while keeping your right nostril closed.
- This completes one cycle of surya bhedana pranayama.
- Repeat as many as you can.
- If you have high blood pressure or heart disease.I
- If you have undergone heart, brain or abdominal surgeries.
- Always consult with your doctor if in doubt, before starting any new exercise.
NADI SHODHANA PRANAYAMA (Alternate nostril breathing)
This is a powerful breathing practice with wide reaching benefits. Nadi means in Sanskrit means “channel” or “flow” and shodana means “purification.”
- Infuses the body with oxygen.
- Clears and strengthens respiratory channels.
- Helps to alleviate respiratory allergies.
- Clears and releases toxins.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Calms and rejuvenates the nervous system.
- Helps to balance hormones.
- Promotes the ability to concentrate.