So I have decided to start writing about yoga and I felt that a good note to start on is "pranayama", or breathing techniques.
So to prepare your body for the activity that you intend to do you start with breathing. There are many different kinds of pranayama and you chose depending on your needs.
- Ujjayi: (Uj= expand, jayi= winning) victorious breathing. This technique should both energizing and relaxing when done properly. Long and smooth breaths, with a sound that is created by gently constricting the opening of the throat to create some resistance to the passage of air. Gently pulling the breath in on inhalation and gently pushing the breath out on exhalation against this resistance creates a well-modulated and soothing sound—something like the sound of ocean waves rolling in and out. (breathing through the nose)
When you first start to practice this technique its recommended to do so in a seated position and when you feel comfortable with it you can apply it to you asana(yoga positions) practice.
-Nadi Shodana: This technique will connect the left and the right side of the brain, to balance out the feminine and masculine energies in your body. Take the hand that you are most comfortable using and place it in front of your face. Gently place your index and middle finger in-between your eyebrows, then place your thumb(if your right handed it will be the right thumb on the right nostril and vice versa) on the nostril and breath in through the nostril that is free, then place your ring finger on the other nostril you just inhaled through and let go of your thumb, exhale. and you do the same on that side, oscillating in-between the nostrils. Inhaling, closing that nostril, exhaling thought the opposite nostril and then inhale.
This one was hard for me to explain, but I will post a video with instructions and demonstrations.
There are many many other pranayamas you can use, and I will talk more about this is upcoming posts and videos!
Hope you found this information helpful!